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Last Updated: Friday, 19 May 2006, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
Da Vinci row settled out of court
Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code
The film has opened worldwide after being launched in Cannes
A legal row between the world's largest music firms over a CD said to trade on the name of The Da Vinci Code film has been settled out of court.

Universal Music sought a High Court injunction to ban Sony BMG from selling Music Inspired by Da Vinci.

Its lawyers complained that Sony was trying to "pass off" the CD as the soundtrack to the newly-released film. Sony denied acting illegally.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in London's High Court.

Disagreement

Both Universal and Sony released Da Vinci-related recordings in the UK on Monday. The film opened worldwide this week.

Universal alleged that Sony was using imagery connected to the book and film to deceive buyers.

Sony insisted it had simply seized a marketing opportunity.

It said Universal's rights were limited to the film's official soundtrack and did not extend to associated promotional material or general religious themes and imagery explored in the book.

Mr Justice Kitchen at the High Court heard that some of the tracks featured on Music Inspired by Da Vinci, by composer Jan Kisjes, had titles which had no connection with the artist Leonardo Da Vinci - the supposed inspiration for the work - but featured prominently in the novel.

'Frustrating' reviews

These included two churches which appear in the book - Eglise St Sulpice and Rosslyn Chapel - and The Story of Sarah, said in the book to have been the daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

The film has received poor reviews since its release on Thursday. Director Ron Howard said he found the film's reception "frustrating", but remained optimistic the movie would be a success.

"There's a disconnect between the audience response and the critics," he told the Reuters news agency.

"The critics are running a bit more to the negative and with audiences we've been running much more to the positive."


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