PLEASE READ THESE FACTS FIRST:

  • 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.


Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Smoking Guns - Random House Scrapes The Bottom of the Barrel

Since the beginning of this case, we and our experts have re-examined the works and have discovered three more smoking guns.

What do I mean by "smoking gun?" Well, the concept comes from the leading expert in American copyright law, the late professor Melvile B. Nimmer whose landmark work, Nimmer on Copyright is dutifully quoted by everyone from the U.S. Supreme Court right down to law students.

Nimmer cites shared mistakes as a smoking gun that one work plagiarized the other.

The smoking gun we have revealed thus far, is the undisputed fact that The Da Vinci Code shares an error with my thriller, Da Vinci Legacy in stating that Leonardo's Codex Leicester was written on parchment.

By the time I had finished with Da Vinci Legacy, my publisher, Pinnacle, was in the process of going bankrupt. Their editorial process was in disarray and this error was edited into my manuscript. I never had a chance to review the edits or proofs before the book went to press.

As we'll see in the next post, this error appears in no other novel but my book and Brown's. It also does NOT appear in any source which Brown lists in his bibliography, nor does it appear in ANY source, either in print or on the web, written by a Leonardo expert.

Indeed, despite their provably false claim that the error appears in many places (page 33, Item 138), Random House, in footnote 20, page 22 of their April 22, 2005 filing had to scrape the very bottom of the barrel to come up with a highly obscure, technical application case history from a technology company, National Instruments(see Exhibit F, Page 28), written not by a Leonardo scholar, but by a computer systems specialist.

There are two big legal problems with this.

1. In the absence of an affidavit, there is no legal verification that Dan Brown or any other person associated with Da Vinci Code ever saw the web-based article or relied upon it.

2. The Random House attorneys claim that the article was written by a "museum official," is -- like much of their work -- technically correct in the fine print, but misleading in the impression that the person who wrote it was an expert on Leonardo.

Indeed, there is every likelihood that the article was not actually written by the name appearing as the article's author, but by a tech writer or public relations person working for Microsoft, Bill Gates or National Instruments.

I would make this guess (unconfirmed and unverified) because I once ghost-wrote these sorts of articles, case histories, application notes for many corporate executives.

With no affidavits and nothing else that confirms almost anything factual about this issue, the Random House statements have no legal basis and should not be allowed in court or given any more credibility than the hearsay and conjecture they provable are at this point.

Next post: How the public statements and documents of Dan Brown and Random House indicate that this obscure article was NOT relied upon or even known by those involved in writing Da Vinci Code.

4 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Does he have to prove his research path? There's no bibliography in my copy of DVC. What do we have that Brown used? Isn't it a given that his name is on the copyright, thus he has to be the author of said work?

And what about the vinegar? Wouldn't parchment be necessary for that to work, and couldn't anyone reason that from scratch?

Wed Apr 27, 08:59:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

That article certainly says parchment. Does this mean the museum that holds the Codex doesn't know what it's made of? It's linen right?

Wed Apr 27, 09:15:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

If he is UNwilling or UNable to declare in an affidavit that he conducted research and that he wrote the book, then anything in a legal filing based on those hearsay suppositions is NOT evidence.

Yes, the article says parchment. It is linen. I'm creating a new post that looks at this issue.

No credible, expert or academic work including that in his bibliography says parchment.

That bibliography is at: http://www.danbrown.com/novels/davinci_code/bibliography.html ... it used to be linked off brown's site, but for some reason the existing links don't go anywhere now.

I wonder why?

Wed Apr 27, 09:41:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

Also, if you use Amazon's search engine at: http://a9.com/

and conduct two searches

+"Codex Leicester" +parchment
+"Codex Leicester" +linen

The searches turn up a small handful of obscure references to parchment (including the one filed by RH as Exhibit F (which is by a person knowledgeable in computer technology but not Leonardo).

Perhaps significantly, those who got it wrong tend to be minor, second-rate or amateur web sites or popular press and others who are not Leonardo experts.

Those who got it CORRECT are world-class institutions such as:

- The American Museum of Natural History,
- PBS's NOVA program,
- The Powerhouse Museum (a major institution in Syndey Australia),
- Time magazine,
- Ingenta, a U.K. online research service covering academic and professional publications for publishers, libraries, and researchers

At the very least, this result challenges the notion that DV Code's research was any good ... or that Brown did his own research at all

Wed Apr 27, 10:27:00 AM PDT  

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