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.


Friday, May 20, 2005

Of Emails and Archived Web Pages

Since its start as Alexa in 1996,Archive.org has archived several billion web pages, with the goal of "building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public."

We have noticed that an increasing number of Dan Brown's web pages -- which had been archived on this site -- have gone missing. It is always possible that selected pages could be missing due to technical reasons.

Missing web pages weaken the historical record and make it harder for journalists and others to see what a given page actually said at a specific time in the past.

This destruction of digital documentation also handicaps the ability investigators to gather evidence and makes it difficult to impossible to compare digital documentation delivered to investigators with a disinterested and independent third party in order to confirm that a digital document is accurate as represented.

Courts increasingly are taking action against companies which destroy electronic documents as Morgan Stanley recenty found out. The following excerpt illustrates what can happen.

Morgan Stanley case highlights e-mail perils
Fri May 20, 2005
By Michael Christie

MIAMI (Reuters) - The $1.45 billion judgement against Morgan Stanley for deceiving billionaire Ronald Perelman over a business deal has a lesson all companies should learn -- keeping e-mails is now a must, experts say.

Banks and broker-dealers are obliged to retain e-mail and instant messaging documents for three years under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules. But similar requirements will apply to all public companies from July 2006 under the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform measures.

At the same time, U.S. courts are imposing increasingly harsh punishments on corporations that fail to comply with orders to produce e-mail documents, the experts said.

Where judges once were more likely to accept that incompetence or computer problems might be to blame, they are now apt to rule that noncompliance is an indication a company has something to hide.

"Morgan Stanley is going to be a harbinger," said Bill Lyons, chief executive officer of AXS-One Inc. (AXO.A: Quote, Profile, Research), a provider of records retention software systems.

"I think general counsels around the world are going to look at this as a legal Chernobyl."


Clearly the destruction of potential evidence is serious regardless of whether it is in the form of an email or web page. As I said at the beginning, there could be some innocent technical explanation for the missing pages. But I find it odd that some that were available a month ago are no longer there. Fortunately I made my own archive copies.

4 Comments:

Blogger acentillo said...

This it the information that appeared in diverse spanish news:

http://www.el-mundo.es/cronica/2004/450/1086007058.html

I know for friends who exist people who studied with Dan Brown or they coincided in the university of sevilla studing Art, in this year (1995). The better thing that it can for do is to consult directly to the university, for e-mail, letter or telephone. This it is his web page: http://www.us.es

It seems to be that comments that he found out about leonardo's mysteries Da Vinci during his stay in this university and that it him inspired for his novel.

I believe that up to a child of 12 years one might speak to him about leonardo's mysteries Da Vinci without having to be going to a university to find out about them, seems to be slightly strange...

Best Regards

Sat May 21, 11:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

Clean up on aisle 10! How can Brown remove certain webpage years from the archive, if he set out to do so because like you've shown, he's had some strange claims up in the past?

Sat May 21, 07:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

Exactly Professor acentillo. One doesn't need to go to a Spanish University to learn about Da Vinci. Sort of like not needing a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

Sat May 21, 08:00:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lewis Perdue said...

Yes, I think the primary source would be the university. I have someone in Europe checking on it.

It _could_ be that this is accurate ... such as his claim to have been a MENSA member... they confirmed that.

Not _everything_ he writes is untrue. Just enough to make everything suspect.

Mark: there are ways to remove documents from Archive,org ... fortunately I used programmable crawler to spider all the pages nearly two months ago. I have the pages.

Sat May 21, 08:24:00 PM PDT  

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