More news on the Dan Brown front, which almost slipped past me - TheBookseller.com has an article analysing the merits of the legal battle brewing between Dan Brown/Random House, and (two of) the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail (Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh). It's well worth the read, finishing with these comments:
Some 90% of cases like this settle before they go to full trial, but if Leigh and Baigent do succeed, the implications for Random House are grave. The claimants plan to press for an injunction stopping sales of Da Vinci and the UK release of the Sony/Columbia Pictures film scheduled for May 2006...The case would then go to a separate hearing to assess the level of damages, where Leigh and Baigant would seek "proper recognition" for their work, both in terms of acknowledgement and financial redress - most likely a notional royalty which could cost Random House millions.
Will be interesting to see how this one turns out - if Baigent and Leigh are successful, that will be almost front page news (stopping one of the biggest movies of the year).