A judge has ruled that Dan Brown‘s The Da Vinci Code does not infringe on the copyright of another author’s books, according to a report by Yahoo! News.
Author Lewis Perdue claimed material in the mega-hit novel was lifted from Perdue’s own The Da Vinci Legacy and Daughter of God. Perdue posted detailed forensic evidence online that compared both novels. Included in this evidence was the claim that both The Da Vinci Code and The Da Vinci Legacy contain the same fact error centering on a document known as the Codex Leicester. This work, by Leonardo da Vinci himself, was originally written on linen paper; in his novel, Perdue mistakenly records that it was written on a different kind of material. Perdue says that Brown repeats this same error despite the fact that there is no source other than Perdue’s book. This is why he refers to this error as a “smoking gun.”
Perdue is ready to press forward and is chronicalling his ongoing efforts in his Blogspot blog, The Da Vinci Crock.
UPDATE: Please check the comments: Lewis Perdue had added a response to this situation that clarifies some of the headlines you might have read and his position on the ongoing battles.