Category: "Literary"

Estate of Master Sleuth's Creator Ordered to Pay Up

A follow up to the story about the author who won his battle to have the character of Sherlock Holmes declared a public domain property.? The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Estate of Arthur Conan Doyle to pay the plaintiff's legal fees of… more »

7th Circuit Upholds the Public Domain of Holmes

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling that the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson -- two of literature's most iconic and enduring fictional crime fighters -- are in the public domain, and the estate of… more »

Maybe She'll Hire Atticus Finch as Her Lawyer

Author Harper Lee wrote only one novel, but it was a biggie:  To Kill a Mockingbird.  The story about small town life and racial injustice in America was an award-winning best seller that featured what many consider one of literature's most revered… more »

Holmes Belongs to the World

Following up on an earlier post ("Is Holmes Free for the Taking?"),?a federal judge ruled that the iconic characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are in the public domain. The estate of Arthur Conan Doyle had maintained that, although the… more »

Is Holmes Free for the Taking?

Are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, characters created in the 19th century, in the public domain?? It's elementary, says a Holmes scholar, that they are.? Not so, counters the estate of the characters' creator, Arthur Conan Doyle.? And that has them all… more »