Doyle Estate Will Take Sherlock Holmes To High Court

Law360, New York (July 7, 2014, 5:51 PM EDT) -- The estate of Arthur Conan Doyle plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Seventh Circuit's recent ruling that the character of Sherlock Holmes was mostly in the copyright public domain, according to court papers filed on Thursday.

The estate asked for a stay while it lodges a petition for writ of certiorari over the June 16 decision, which rejected the argument that the famed detective would remain fully under copyright until Conan Doyle's last Holmes story fell into the public domain. U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner said that argument was "quixotic," lacked "any basis in statute or case...

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