Public Domain…No Shit Sherlock

On December 30, 2013, in Copyrights, by Brian A. Hall

UnIntellectual Property (UnIP): Copyright

Sherlock Holmes is now in the public domain and not protected by US copyright law, according to this Order from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Plaintiff sought declaratory judgment that the characters, character traits, and other story elements from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories are free for the public to copy.  In granting Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, the Court held that pre-1923 story elements are in the public domain.  More from The New York Times.

Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd., Case: 1:13-cv-01226 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 23, 2013).


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