Doyle Estate Can't Stay Sherlock Holmes Decision: 7th Circ.

Law360, Los Angeles (July 10, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT) -- The estate of Arthur Conan Doyle cannot stay a Seventh Circuit mandate minimizing the estate's copyright for the literary character Sherlock Holmes as it appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to an order filed in the appeals court Wednesday by Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner.

Judge Posner denied the estate's motion to stay the appellate court's earlier decision, which held that the Holmes character was mostly in the copyright public domain, as the case is appealed to the high court. The Seventh Circuit's June 16 decision rejected the argument that the famed detective would remain fully under copyright until Doyle's...

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