from the prior-art-in-my-head dept.
riptalon writes "Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code, is being sued in the
UK for using ideas from a previous non fiction book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail
in his novel. The Bangkok Post states that 'The question the court is facing is whether you can copyright an idea, a conjecture.'"
Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists
stand on each other's toes.
-- Richard Hamming