Law360, New York (January 31, 2014, 12:40 PM EST) -- A federal district court recently ruled that certain story elements from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved Sherlock Holmes stories have now entered the public domain. According to the ruling, any aspects of the Sherlock Holmes stories published prior to 1923 have become free for anyone to use — provided the user does not infringe the still-protected post-1923 stories, of course.
Now, the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has filed an appeal.
A Study in Sherlock
A few years ago, Sherlock Holmes scholars Laurie King and...