The Empire Strikes Back
Judge George Daniels sided with the world's largest publishing conglomerate and issued a decision that would keep the Da Vinci Cover-Up complete.
I've already talked with my lawyers.
We're appealing because there is ample evidence and law to indicate that Dan Brown copied my work and that a jury trial is the ONLY procedure that will bring any measure of justice.
The law and the evidence indicate that Judge Daniels erred in at least two significant ways.
First, the rules for federal courts require that if there is any substantial matter in dispute, the the issue should be taken to trial.
The massive amounts of expert data -- concluding that my work was copied -- raise just these issues which require a trial under federal rules.
Second, the ruling decision should come as judge by an average, "lay" reader, as dealt with below.
Judge Daniels, while a respected and learned jurist, is not average and not a lay reader. He is only ONE reader (albeit a very important one) but his conclusions are totally at odds with the vast, VAST -- nearly unanimous -- opinion of lay people that substantial copying took place.
I'll have more to say once I dissect Judge Daniels' ruling. So, like the Empire, Random House/Bertelsmann has struck back, but the law and the evidence say that this will be overturned on appeal.
It's early in this ball game, but my gloves are coming off. No more Mr. Nice Guy.