From Clive, a regular reader of this blog who lives in England and is following the Coded Court Case via TV, radio, and print, this comment:
More coded craziness from Court today. The Judge, Mr. Justice Smith is clearly getting very irritated by Mr. Brown. Called him a liar this afternoon.
Mr. Brown was asked to produce his own copy of HBHG to the court. It was noted that, of all the forty books that he used for his 'research', this book alone was the most used - more battered, highlightings all over the place, underlinings, etc.
The question was put to him; when did he say he used this book? Back came the reply: only near the end, when most of the novel was already written.
So why then all this marking and noting? Dan Brown claims that it was useful for after the book was published, when he had to give talks and interviews to sell the TDVC.
At this point the Judge said: Mr. Brown, I think that this book was your essential source. Brown denied it, at which point Judge Smith said that Brown was lying to the court.
My feeling on this trial is that Brown/Random House are going to lose big time.
What is the media spin over there? Here it has to be said that almost all the news outlets (except BBC, who seem even-handed) are treating Brown like some kind of literature giant and conquering hero who only wrote the truth (right, fictional truth of course; its only a novel; right?)
The spin over here, as best I can tell, is similar to that described above, although I don't think many journalists/writers would think Brown is a literary giant. Rather, they see him as part of the creative community and are worried that if he loses, it will open the door for other copyright enfringement and plagiarism cases. And I get the sense that some of them admire, to some degree, that he has made tons of money off of creating controversy (including bashing the Catholic Church). And some writers/columnists seem to think this is all nonsensical and that the authors of HBHG are simply greedy and that Brown is a victim. None that I have read think that Brown will lose or should lose. If he does, be ready for much gnashing of teeth about how this case will frighten novelists and destroy their livelihood (for example, this piece). Perhaps. But I doubt it. I once was a creative type and know that, generally, they tend to overreact a bit. (Come to think of it, perhaps I still am a creative type, based on some of my posts.)