Sales of the Da Vinci Code and The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (the latter in particular) have shot through the roof since the authors of 'Grail' launched a copyright infringement suit again publisher of 'Code' (and 'Grail') Random House.
The way it looks to me, there are no losers here. All of the parties to the suit plus filmmakers of 'Code', Dan Brown, etc. are getting a huge publicity boost and resulting sales and hype for the upcoming movie. Even the eventual losers are making bank.
I'm not saying that it happened this way, just suggesting that hypothetically this whole suit could have been dreamed up and executed by some enterprising lawyers and communications pros for Random House. Moreover, it wouldn't necessarily have had to involve Brown (or wittingly anyway, Richard Leigh and Michael Baigent, two of the three authors of 'Grail' who are party to the suit.)
Hmm...if that were true would the people behind what would certainly rank as one of the most successful and at the same time deceitful publicity stunts of all time might well belong in both the PR hall of shame and fame.