America’s highest court on Monday freed the character of Sherlock Holmes, from copyright restrictions sought by the estate of his late creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Holmes is now legally in the public domain, described by a judge as “fair game” for future creators who no longer need worry about paying a licence fee to, or obtaining permission from, Doyle’s estate.
This Verbatim story provides a brief summary and excerpts the original court ruling that freed Holmes, a decision that now stands because of today’s refusal by the United States Supreme Court to hear an appeal … read (no charge*) Verbatim: A U.S. Court Sets Sherlock Holmes Free.
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