Historical writers lose another round against 'Da Vinci Code'

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LONDON -- Two historians have lost another legal battle in British courts over claims that U.S. author Dan Brown plagiarized their ideas for his blockbuster novel "The Da Vinci Code."

Three of Britain's senior judges dismissed the appeal by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh against an earlier High Court ruling which had also rejected their claims.

The decision leaves the historians facing estimated legal costs of three million pounds ($6 million).

It seems unlikely that the case will go any further as no application has been made for permission to appeal to Britain's highest court, the House of Lords.

In their action against the novel's British publishers Random House, Baigent and Leigh claimed that Brown copied significant parts of "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" which they wrote in 1982.

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