Further evidence of the music industry adage “where there’s a hit, there’s a writ”: the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States has rejected an appeal by author Lewis Perdue in respect of his claims that Brown copied from two of Perdue’s works in writing The Da Vinci Code.

The case was not a simple copyright suit brought by Perdue; it was actually brought by Brown and his publisher, Random House, seeking a declaration of non-infringement. Perdue then counter-claimed for infringement. Brown succeeded at first instance, and the court of appeals just upheld that decision. The appeal decision is not available online, but most of the trial documents are, at a website maintained by the plaintiff Perdue.

The intriguing part is that Pierce Law IP News reproduced part of an email that Perdue sent them last month, in which Perdue claims to have received advice that he would have succeeded in going to trial in the 9th circuit, but not in the 2nd circuit, which he says is more publisher-friendly. He accuses Random House of forum-shopping by initiating suit in New York (2nd circuit) to preclude a trial in California (9th circuit).

Perdue’s remaining option would now be to convince the Supreme Court to grant certiorari.