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Judge Upholds Decision, Sherlock Holmes is Public Domain

HolmesDrawingAdventuresA US court has ruled that forty-six Sherlock Holmes stories and four novels are in the public domain and are no longer subject to the copyright of Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle.

The ruling comes as part of a lawsuit between Doyle’s estate and Leslie S. Klinger, the author of a new original work of fiction starring Holmes called A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon. In 2011, the estate demanded a licensing fee from his then publisher Pegasus Books who dropped the book over threats of a lawsuit and having the book blocked from major retailers. Random House later picked up the book and according to The Guardian, “paid the fees, even though Klinger thought that the Holmes stories were in the public domain.” Read more

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Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Leaked Script

gawkerFilmmaker Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker Media for copyright infringement for providing links to his latest script The Hateful Eight.

The filmmaker made headlines for saying he would not make the movie after the script was leaked. Gawker’s Defamer blog covered the news and included a link to download the script.

The Hollywood Reporter has a copy of the lawsuit: “Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck,” it reads. “This time, they went too far. Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally.”