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(Victoria, BC – April 4, 2006) With Dan Brown waiting for the judge’s verdict, the majority of booklovers believe the bestselling author should not have been accused of plagiarism over The Da Vinci Code, according to a poll by

The survey of 310 visitors to - the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books - revealed 67 per cent thought the author had been falsely accused of copying by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, the co-authors of the 1982 non-fiction book Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

“With the decision due soon, a wide variety of opinions were expressed in the poll along with the fact that déjà vu is a common experience for heavy readers,” said Lisa Stevens, VP of marketing at “However, most felt Brown’s work was legal and founded on legitimate research.”

Those against the lawsuit
“This is ridiculous. The authors suing Brown are making money they would not otherwise have made because of The Da Vinci Code. Their book was classified as non-fiction and they are not the only people to have had this theory. Brown listed their book as a source” - wrote T in Brooklyn, NY

“If Mr. Brown is a plagiarist then so is every author who researches before he writes” - wrote Anne in Worcester, MA

“I have read both The Da Vinci Code and Holy Blood, Holy Grail and Brown's citing of the book and the authors in the text is all the credit he needed to give” - wrote Bill in Russellville, AR

“There is nothing new under the sun, just new and unique twists to the old plots and characters. Everything is borrowed from everything else” - wrote Andy in Wellsboro, PA

“Any author who reads will subconsciously bring to his own book experiences gleaned elsewhere. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Chronicles of Narnia have similar characters, situations, adventures but I would not call that plagiarism” – Donna in Keller, TX

“The information in Brown's book is readily available to anyone who is willing to put in the time and research. To have a case of plagiarism against him is absolutely absurd” – Di in Melbourne, Australia

Those for the lawsuit
“In writing my PhD, my school stated, unless something was a direct quote, using three or more words in succession from another author is plagiarism. Brown should know better” - Craig in Hyde Park, NY

“I felt a strong sense of deja vu with every page of The Da Vinci Code. Same nonsense, different package. Let's hope the court will use the precedent set by Ravenscroft v. Herbert (1980 court case about James Herbert’s The Spear novel) to puncture Brown's inflated ego. – Jeff in Toledo, OH


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