Authors were told: don’t be fools

The News on the big book trial continues to trickle in. Today we hear authors suing for infringement of copyright over the best-selling thriller The Da Vinci Code were in danger of making fools of themselves, the High Court in London was told yesterday.
Patrick Janson-Smith, formerly of the publisher Random House and now a literary agent, said that he had told Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, co-authors of The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, that they did not have a leg to stand on when they first considered bringing an action alleging that Dan Brown had lifted their ideas for his own book, which has now sold 40 million copies worldwide.