Thursday, January 2, 2014
Sherlock Holmes a public (domain) figure...
The court case arose when the Doyle estate contacted and sought to extract a license fee from authors Leslie Klinger and Laurie R. King for a book they were co-editing, IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. There are some interesting issues surrounding copyright, licensor bullying, and accusations of 'copyfraud', which have reared their heads across the publishing and creative worlds when it comes to the use of long ago characters, and just who is entitled to what and when.
You can read more about the case result, including comments from Klinger, here.