• Random House sued ME; not the other way around.
  • Random House filed suit to silence the facts I was posting on the web.
  • There has been NO trial on the facts, only the Random House effort to prevent a trial.
  • The only sworn statements made under penalty of perjury are affidavits from me and my experts, nothing from RH.
  • The judge refused to consider any expert analysis.
  • Despite suing me first, Random House & Sony UNsuccessfully demanded that I pay the $310,000 in legal fees they spent to sue me.
  • Contrary to the Random House spin, I am not alleging plagiarism of general issues, but of several hundred very specific ones.
  • This is not about money. Anything I win goes to charity.

Legal filings and the expert witness reports are HERE

I have a second blog, Writopia
which focuses on Dan Brown's pattern of falsehoods
and embellishment of his personal achievements.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Perdue Perplexed - Part 3 - Why Do Experts Frighten Random House?

On pages 22 and 23 of the Random House April 22 filing they continue their efforts to convince the judge NOT to allow any expert testimony? Why would they want to exclude the insights of those whose business it is to determine whether or not infringement has taken place?

This is doubly confusing because Random House spends large portions of all of their filings arguing about "scenes a faire," stock elements and elements that are protectible or not protectible under copyright.

Interestingly, they cite no experts, no sources other than themselves, and no credible, third parties to elevate their own arguments beyond those of people "shooting from the hip."

I am REALLY perplexed here: if the object is to find the truth, shouldn't we all employ people who are experts on the issues?

Maybe some reader out there can enlighten us on why Random House is trying so hard to keep experts out of the discussion.

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A complete summary of filings can be found at the legal filing and resources page">


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