Copyright: Da Vinci Code Case – absolutely my last mention of this case unless there is an appeal

Yesterday, I mentioned the Hon Mr Justice Peter Smith’s secret code (Copyright – The Da Vinci Code: ho ho! 27 Apr 2006). Well now we have the decryption – “Judge’s own Da Vinci code cracked” (BBC 28 Apr 2006). His message in “Smithy code” reads “Smithy Code Jackie Fisher who are you Dreadnought.” So desu.

I reported yesterday that his lordship remarked that he didn’t see why a judgment should not be a matter of fun. Quite so, especially after detailed assessment. But another quotation occurs to me, this time from A P Herbert:

“People must not do things for fun. We are not here for fun. There is no reference to fun in any act of Parliament.”

On quite a different point I knew the judge when he was at the Manchester bar and even appeared against him once or twice. I don’t recall anybody calling him “Smithy” then. Should I ever find myself in front of him I certainly shan’t start now.

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About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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