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 »