As expected, English High Court Justice Peter Smith today found that Dan Brown had not committed infringement in writing The DaVinci Code. Here is a link to a CNN story, and to stories in the following British online newspapers: London Financial Times, the Guardian, and The Independent. Here is a link to the 71 page opinion itself.
One wonders only how it is the case got to trial. The use was, at best of a few ideas or what were described as historical references in the original. Still, there are some who believe Brown engaged in morally reprehensible behavior, as witnessed in this piece in the Times of London yesterday. I don't share that view. One of the many things I miss about Justice O'Connor's departure from the bench is her grasp of the promotion of progress as involving, in equal measure and respect, both protection for copyright owners and for those who want to build on the works of others.