2005年08月07日

NY州裁判所がダ・ヴィンチ・コードが盗作でないと判決

さきほどのスポーツニッッポンの記事では、詳しいことが全然分からないので海外から記事を探してきました。

N.Y. court rules Brown didn't copy 'Da Vinci Code'
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Best-selling author Dan Brown has won a court ruling against another writer who claimed Brown's book "The Da Vinci Code" copied elements from two of his books, Brown's publisher, Random House, said on Friday.

Brown avoided $150 million in damages author Lewis Perdue had sought in a legal ruling that also characterized his blockbuster book as an "intellectual" work.

Perdue had claimed "The Da Vinci Code," which has 36 million copies in print worldwide, infringed the copyright of his novels "Daughter of God" and "The Da Vinci Legacy."

Perdue sought $150 million damages and asked the court to block distribution of the book and a movie of "The Da Vinci Code" that is in production by Sony Pictures.

He alleged that Brown copied the basic premise of "Daughter of God," including notions of a "divine feminine" and the transition from a female to a male-dominated church under Roman Emperor Constantine.

Perdue could not immediately be reached for comment.

"The Da Vinci Code" has been roundly condemned by the Roman Catholic Church because the plot is based on the theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children, whose descendants have endured to the present day.

Perdue's book "Daughter of God" is an art-world thriller featuring an American husband and wife and involving a document that tells the story of a second Messiah named Sophia who lived in the fourth century.

Judge George Daniels of U.S. District Court in New York made a detailed analysis of the plots of the two books, as well as Perdue's earlier work, "The Da Vinci Legacy," which shares some elements with his later novel.

"A reasonable average lay observer would not conclude that 'The Da Vinci Code' is substantially similar to 'Daughter of God,"' Daniels wrote in his summary judgment.

"Any slightly similar elements are on the level of generalized or otherwise unprotectable ideas," he said, adding that copyright does not protect an idea, but only the expression of an idea.Daniels said while both novels were mystery thrillers, "Daughter of God" was more action-packed with gunfights and violent deaths.

"'The Da Vinci Code,' on the other hand, was an intellectual, complex treasure hunt," he said.

Brown initiated the proceedings by filing a suit seeking a declaratory ruling that his book did not infringe Perdue's copyright. Perdue, who has a Web site documenting what he calls Brown's plagiarism, then countersued.

内容としては、「神の娘」と「ダ・ヴィンチ・レガシー」という本の著者ペルデューが自分の著作権を侵害されたとして、165億円の損害とダ・ヴィンチ・コードの本と映画の配布差し止めを裁判所に求めていたそうです。自分のアイデアである「聖なる女性」や「コンスタンティン帝の下での、女性支配の教会から男性支配の教会へ移行」が盗用されていると主張したんだけど、認められなかったみたい。

判事も言っていますが、確かに似てるところはあるけど、一般的なものか保護するほどでもないものであり、著作権自体もアイデアを守るのではなくてその表現を守るものだって。う〜ん、しごく妥当な判断だよね。そもそも裁判で勝てると思ってなければ、SONYピクチャーズも映画の製作を進めてなんかいられないだろうし。想定の範囲内かな。

「神の娘」の作品の方は、ガンファイトと暴力的な死のあるアクションの盛り合わせだけど、「ダ・ヴィンチ・コード」知的で複雑な宝探しだから、別だって。一緒にするなってことですか、ふむふむ。

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「ダ・ヴィンチ・コード」の著作権侵害裁判
Excerpt: ダン・ブラウン氏は、「ダ・ヴィンチ・コード」が 著作権侵害にあたるとして別の作家から訴えられていた 米ニューヨーク連邦地裁での訴訟で勝訴したそうです。
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