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Dan Brown's thriller does not infringe other author's copyright.

Dan Brown's best-selling novel "Angels & Demons," a thriller about the Catholic Church, rubbed some people the wrong way, but none more so than Jack Dunn. In Dunn v. Brown, Dunn claimed "Angels & Demons" infringed the copyright of his 1997 book "The Vatican Boys." On March 22, the 1st Circuit affirmed a district court's summary judgment in favor of Brown.

Dunn claimed that Brown had directly copied several elements, including characters, plot and settings. A magistrate judge reviewed the contentious passages and determined that although both books had religious elements, "Angels & Demons" was too different to be infringing. Adopting the magistrate judge's report, the district court granted Brown summary judgment. The 1st Circuit affirmed, saying that no reasonable juror would find sufficient similarities between the two books.

This case was not Dunn and Brown's first legal entanglement--Dunn previously sued Brown, claiming that his other best-seller, "The Da Vinci Code," also infringed on "The Vatican Boys." Brown won summary judgment in that case as well.

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Date:Jun 1, 2012
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