Update: Holmes estate must pay up

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate must pay back author who challenged Sherlock copyright

The latest plot twist in the “Case of the Convoluted Copyright,” is a bit, shall we say, elementary. A court has ruled that the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle must pay Leslie Klinger, the author and editor who challenged the Sherlock Holmes copyright.

Earlier this year, the 7th Circuit ruled that the majority of Doyle’s Holmes stories are in the public domain and that companies and individuals that wish to publish stories about Holmes are free to do so without paying a licensing fee, at least in most circumstances.

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Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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