‘Code’ cleared in London

A London judge ruled Friday that Dan Brown did not plagiarize the nonfiction tome “Holy Blood, Holy Grail,” clearing the way for the release of Sony’s “The Da Vinci Code” on schedule next month. Two authors of the 1982 book, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, had sued Brown’s publisher, Random House, alleging that key facts from their book about Jesus and Mary Magdalene had been illegally used in Brown’s bestselling novel “The Da Vinci Code.” Defense argued Brown used them fairly and had even acknowledged the book’s role in preparing his novel. Movie premieres May 17 at the Cannes Film Festival and opens day-and-date in many countries two days later.

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