Plagiarism Software Finds Some Curious Things With Judge Daniels' Decision
That software was run on the sections of Judge Daniels' ruling that described Da Vinci Code and Daughter of God against the same descriptions in the Random House filing.
The word-for-word, near-duplication of the Random House text which appears in Daniels' ruling is significant for many reasons. One of those is the fact that Random House carefully shaped its descriptions of DVCode and DoG to emphasize the DIFFERENCES between the books. That careful shaping did not present an accurate picture of the books.
As we showed in our filings by citing third party descriptions of the books ... including Dan Brown's own public descriptions (which actually helped our cause), different readers of the books have different descriptions of the books ... and that is reasonable.
Every reviewer who has read The Da Vinci Code has a somewhat different take on what the book is about. Some are close to each other, some not. But all of them are different.
All of them except Judge Daniels and Random House.
Not only that, but we pointed out that the Random House description of Daughter of God is factually inaccurate in places, and carefully spun to cast any similarities in the light of scenes a faire and other unprotectible facts.
Daniels' use of the Random House language -- word-for-word in many cases -- is troubling and curious. It is further significant because this case is about how these books are similar or different.
If the Judge adopts the Random House position right down to using the very same words, then logic dictates that the rest of his ruling must follow the Random House briefs -- this is what happened. Precisely and without any deviation from the Random House script.
Take a look at the actual words for yourself.
To see how nearly identical are the Daniels' decision and the Random House brief on Da Vinci Code, go here.
Go here for the same comparison with Daughter of God ... Daniels clearly used the inaccurate Random House description of the book, not ours.
YOU CAN CLICK on the red text in one window and it will faintly highlight the text in the other window where the exact words appear.
I'd be interested in reader opinions as to what all this means.