Sherlock Holmes Still Under Copyright, 7th Circ. Hears

Law360, Chicago (May 22, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT) -- Arthur Conan Doyle's estate pressed the Seventh Circuit on Thursday to overturn a decision that freed others to put their own spin on the author's iconic Sherlock Holmes character, but ran into a panel of judges who questioned whether the estate was trying to take copyright law in a troubling new direction.

Benjamin Allison of Sutin Thayer & Browne PC, who represents the Doyle estate, told the appeals panel during oral arguments that the lower court wrongfully granted an "advisory opinion" in December to author Leslie Klinger, who has not yet finished his compilation of new Holmes stories.

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