Author Tells Court That Sherlock Holmes Is In Public Domain

Law360, New York (July 30, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT) -- An author who has been unable to get new Sherlock Holmes stories he edited published because Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate has threatened him with copyright litigation if they go to press asked an Illinois court on Monday to end the dispute, arguing that Holmes has passed into the public domain.

The author, Leslie Klinger, filed a motion for summary judgment that seeks a court order declaring that copyrights related to the Sherlock Holmes' universe have expired because stories featuring the character and his powers of deductive reasoning appeared in books published in the U.S. prior to 1923.

“Precisely because the...

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