A copy of the book The Da Vinci Code is displayed outside the High Court in London, February 27, 2006. (Toby Melville/Reuters)
Yes, Dan Brown did not steal (word for word) the fiction of the novel titled "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail".
Excerpts from Reuters -
“Da Vinci Code" publishers win case
By Gideon Long 42 minutes ago
LONDON (Reuters) - The publishers of "The Da Vinci Code," the blockbuster novel by author Dan Brown, won their UK court case on Friday over accusations of plagiarism.
Judge Peter Smith gave his verdict at the end of a trial which lasted nearly a month and was followed intensely by reporters, copyright lawyers and fans of the novel, which has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
"The plaintiffs' case has failed," he said. "Dan Brown has not infringed copyright. None of this amounts to copying The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail."
They had based their argument on the similarities between the books, which both raise the possibility Jesus had a child by Mary Magdalene, that she fled to France after the Crucifixion and that Christ's bloodline survives to this day.
Cool, an "original work" of fiction. Now we can sleep.