Sherlock Holmes is really, really in the public domain — really
If the last thing keeping you from writing Sherlock Holmes fan fiction were the licensing fees, wait no longer. A judge has ruled that Sherlock and the familiar elements of his stories are in the public domain and, in a strongly worded opinion, criticized ...
Sherlock Holmes Still in Public Domain After Another Loss for Doyle Estate
Attention, Sherlock Holmes fanfiction writers ... After a judge ruled that all stories published before 1923 were in the public domain, the estate made an appeal that was rejected by Posner, who noted that the estate was asking for 135 years of copyright ...
Judge calls Sherlock Holmes licensing fee ‘a form of extortion’
Although 50 Sherlock Holmes stories were released before Jan. 1 ... in challenging the legality of the demand,” Posner wrote. “The strategy had worked with Random House; Pegasus was ready to knuckle under; only Klinger (so far as we know) resisted.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Copyright
It involved some stories by a chap called Conan Doyle, who wrote years and years ago about ... As I rose to make ready, Holmes glanced over. “And Watson?” he said. “Yes Sherlock, what is it?” I asked breathlessly. “Pack your pistol.”
Conan Doyle Estate Told to Pay Legal Fees
Klinger, a co-editor of the forthcoming book “In the Company of Sherlock Holmes,” a collection of new ... character who was complete only when Conan Doyle wrote the 10 Holmes stories that remain under copyright. Mr. Posner’s latest ruling was even ...