Court Files Code with 'Da Vinci' Ruling

A few weeks ago we told you of a British court ruling in favor of Dan Brown. The author of The Da Vinci Code was cleared of copyright infringement. Now it turns out that the judge inserted a secret code into the text of his ruling on the case. Lawyers have been trying to figure out the meaning of little italic characters in the document. Judge Peter Smith says he's allowed to have fun, and declines to reveal what message says.

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A few weeks ago, we told you of a British court ruling in favor of Dan Brown. The author of The Da Vinci Code was cleared of copyright infringement. Now, it turns out that the judge inserted a secret code into the text of his Da Vinci Code ruling. Lawyers have been trying to figure out the meaning of little italic characters in the more than 70-page document. Judge Peter Smith says he's allowed to have fun, and he declines to reveal what message says.

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