• 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.
  • NO expert testimony was allowed despite three international plagiarism experts who were willing to testif that it existed.
  • 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.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Q. When Is a Bachelor NOT a Bachelor?

A. When it suits Random House's litigation goals.

Beginning on page 29 of its Feb. 22, 2005 Memorandum of Law, Random states: "Unlike the married Ridgeway, Langdon has a "life-long affinity for bachelorhood and the simple freedoms it allowed."


The quote as it appears in context from DV Code reads:

"Langdon had never harbored delusions that a woman like Vittoria Vetra could have been happy living with him on a college campus, but their encounter in Rome had unlocked in him a longing he never imagined he could feel. His lifelong affinity for bachelorhood and the simple freedoms it allowed had been shaken somehow. . . replaced by an unexpected emptiness that seemed to have grown over the past year."

In FACT, Langdon is in the IDENTICAL -- not similar, identical -- state of mind as heroes Curtis Davis (DV Legacy) and Seth Ridgeway (Daughter of God).

In fact, Davis and Ridgeway -- like Langdon -- have lost their true love about a year before we see them.

Despite the Random House distortion of this issue, all three men are identical in most ways, including their emotional state when the book begins and their motivations.

Just look for yourself at my original legal filing (starting on page 40) or this section (starting on page 3) from John Olsson's report.

Those show men that are triplets right down to their psychological quirks.

Random House's every attempt at creating some distance between Langdon and the Heroes in DV Legacy and DoG fail in precisely the same ways: distortions, out-of-context quotes and omissions.

If you're going to argue differences, try "the truth, the WHOLE truth and nothing but the truth."


Blogger Mark said...

Seth is married though, no? Langdon may want to be but he's not. Isn't that the bottom line of the claim aside from the implication that he doesn't want to be in any event? RH can't know that from the description. They invented it.

Mon Apr 25, 01:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

As far as Seth knows, Zoe is dead. It's been a year. Married or not, he is essentially a single guy who has lost his true love.

And Curtis Davis from DV Legacy is in EXACTLY the same position as Langdon.

Mon Apr 25, 02:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

The point also is that RH deliberately led people to believe that Langdon was a "committed bachelor" when, indeed, he had moved past that.

What they used OUT of context was deliberately misleading.

Yes, I have been told that intellectual honesty is not required in a trial, but I want people to know how low RH is stooping ... and start to wonder: If their case is so good, why do they have to lie?

Why are they afraid of a trial?

What is it about the truth that they cannot come to grips with?

Mon Apr 25, 02:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

That's right I'd forgotten that Zoe was missing for that long so yeah he's essentially a widower at that point. It's ironic but I have write one of these motions for summary judgment on a Catholic Church molestation case.

Mon Apr 25, 04:33:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

"summary judgment on a Catholic Church molestation case"

Oh Geez, now THAT is a life-altering experience.

Mon Apr 25, 06:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

Yeah, I'm thrilled with the assignment, had no idea it was coming, but in addition to my homework case I already had a head start reading RH's so I should be able to supplant the law with some good BS.

Mon Apr 25, 06:54:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Vanessa said...

1) Lost love
I don't think that Seth's relationship with Zoe is the same as Langdon & Vittoria's relationship.

I would say Seth has lost his true love, but Langdon just lost a love (I'm not even sure you can call it love). His relationship with Vittoria seems to have dissipated.

So I would say that their emotional states are different.


The fact is that the Langdon is a bachelor even though he starts to wish he had more. But he is still a bachelor.
Seth is married to Zoe, then thinks he is a bachelor and then realizes that he isn't a bachelor anymore (Zoe is found).

So Seth is a bachelor by force (at one part in the story) and Langdon is a bachelor by choice.

Yes, RH could have included the rest of the bachelor text for context.

But, it sounds like RH is just trying to say that the two main characters are different in this regard.

Tue Apr 26, 01:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

Vanessa, this also overlooks the even more identical relationship between Curtis Davis and his lost love.

In addition, when you go back to the writing in DVC and DoG, you find both men described in nearly identical ways.

PLUS, this is one of many IDENTICALITIES among Langdon, Ridgeway and Davis. I would refer you to page 40 of this document, and to page 3 from John Olsson's report.

It is SIGNIFICANT that the only ONE of the characteristics that Random House has been able to challenge has been done so by citing OUT of context and twisting the reality of what was written.

What they did in taking that quote out of context was simple dishonest.

Tue Apr 26, 03:54:00 PM PDT  

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