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Sherlock Holmes belongs to us all: Supreme Court declines to hear case
Sherlock Holmes belongs to us all: Supreme Court declines to hear case

It's official: Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective (and Benedict Cumberbatch's famous alter ego), is in the public domain. The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case brought by Doyle's estate, which claimed that authors who wanted to publish stories about Holmes needed to pay the estate a licensing fee. This leaves intact a June decision by 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, which held that most of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories are no longer protected by copyright. The case started last year after Doyle's estate demanded a licensing fee from the publisher Pegasus, which had planned to release an anthology called...

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