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Is Sherlock Holmes public domain?

I can't get a straight answer anywhere.

ETA: Why are comments suddenly screening themselves on my LJ? O_o
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Date: 2011-03-02 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knitmeapony.livejournal.com
Which may have disappeared or at least gotten screened -- here's the link I provided: http://www.sherlockian.net/acd/copyright.html

Date: 2011-03-03 08:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moony
So, let's say - as an experiment - I wanted to put one of my longer ACD!canon-based Sherlock Holmes fics up for Kindle. Would I get into trouble?

Date: 2011-03-03 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knitmeapony.livejournal.com
Keeping in mind I am not an IP attorney, this is not legal advice, etc -- as long as you are certain you did not use any canon from the one book still under copyright, I think you should (should!) be okay.

I don't know, however, if that means the whole character is still under copyright because he is in the one book. *frowns* Hrm. This is a tricksy one.

Date: 2011-03-05 09:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moony

It's such a weird little issue. I see Holmes pastiche books and stories all over the place, but I've no idea whether they are "authorised" by whatever entities need to authorise them.

The general consensus I've seen seems to be that the characters and books, save one, are under copyright. I think that means that only the contents of that book cannot be reproduced or used without permission. Everything else is public domain.


Date: 2011-03-02 10:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ashkitty.livejournal.com
Mostly, yes.

Date: 2011-03-02 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysterypoet66.livejournal.com
ACD canon is, in both US and UK, except for stories in The Case-Book. That copyright still belongs to the Conan Doyle family.

Date: 2011-03-03 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stupid-drawings.livejournal.com
Yeah. You can get the books off Project Gutenberg

Date: 2011-03-03 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karadin.livejournal.com
The works by Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain, but if you are riffing off SHERLOCK, that's copyrighted BBC.

Date: 2011-03-03 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] autumnatmidnite.livejournal.com
As someone else mentioned, the only stories under copyright law are from the Casebook, however the characters are 100% in the public domain :D


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