Copyright Law And The Soul Of Sherlock Holmes

Law360, New York (September 26, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT) -- People who have seen “Frankenstein” movies but who have not read Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel are sometimes amused to learn that Victor Frankenstein’s creature educates himself by reading, among other things, Milton’s “Paradise Lost” (see “Frankenstein,” chapter 15).

I once heard a professor of literature say that by making this allusion, Shelley may have wanted to assert that if Milton’s poem is about the problems that arise when God makes human beings, then Shelley’s novel is about the far more horrifying problems that arise when a...
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