Sherlock Holmes in Public Domain: Courts

June 16 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court said 50 Sherlock

Holmes works published before 1923 by Arthur Conan Doyle are in

the public domain, and others may refer freely to them without

paying licensing fees to the Scottish writer’s estate.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Monday

said U.S. copyright law did not cover earlier works depicting

the brilliant detective, including references to Holmes, his

sidekick Dr. Watson, his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty, 221B

Baker Street, and even Holmes’ cocaine use.

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