Category: "Literary"

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 »

No Reporter's Privilege for Book's Source

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a New York Times reporter does not have a constitutional privilege to withhold the identity of a former CIA employee who revealed to the reporter classified information that the reporter then put into a… more »