In the more than 125 years since he first appeared, Sherlock Holmes has
popped up everywhere from fan fiction set in outer space to screen
adaptations like CBS’s “Elementary,” set in contemporary Manhattan. But
now, following a legal ruling, the deerstalker-wearing detective is
headed to another destination: the public domain.
The Conan Doyle estate has 30 days to contest the ruling, but I doubt that they will. For all of you budding authors who have a Holmesian story begging to be released, go for it.
- Sherlock Holmes Is in the Public Domain, American Judge Rules (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Sherlock Holmes Is Now in the U.S. Public Domain (thewire.com)
- Sherlock Holmes is definitely in the public domain, judge rules (teleread.com)
- Sherlock Holmes In Public Domain, Says Judge (newser.com)