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...
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