Friday, April 07, 2006

Copyright Infraction?

A London court has ruled that Dan Brown did not violate copyright laws with his highly successful novel, The DaVinci Code. This is good news for the upcoming release of the movie of the same name.

However, it appears there may be grounds for some more copyright litigation in London. Apparently, President George W. Bush may be guilty of plagiarizing the 1980's BBC comedy "Yes, Minister".

From Dan Buck...
As fans of that Brit-com will recall, Prime Minister Jim Hacker ordered an investigation of a government leak, demanding that if found the leaker be tossed in jail. After the usual expensive, lengthy inquiry, his staff reported back -- we've found him. Well who is he, the PM asked? It's you, Prime Minister. (Dialogue from memory.)

P.S. OK, maybe it wasn't plagiarism, it was an "homage".
In the words of Yes, Minister's Sir Humphrey, "The ship of state is the only ship that leaks from the top."

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