An important lawsuit has ended in the United States, which decided the fate of the rights to the images of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The opposing parties were the foundation controlled by the heirs of Arthur Conan Doyle, and the writer Lesia Klinger, who is the author of several books on the famous detective.
It was he who applied to the federal court of Illinois with a request to clarify the situation with rights. Under US law, characters in literary works can be owned for 70 years after the death of the author or 95 years from the date of publication. In the future, only the plot of the works remains under the protection of copyright law, and the heroes are considered public domain.
The court did not support the claims of the Conan Doyle heirs foundation and ruled that it no longer possesses the rights to "; elements of stories published before 1923. ”
Recall that the image of Holmes and his companion has been very popular in recent years. The famous detective was the hero of several television series and feature movies.
The Topic of Article: Sherlock Holmes recognized in the public domain.