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Scholar Sues Arthur Conan Doyle Estate Over Sherlock Holmes Copyright

Scholar Leslie S. Klinger has filed a civil suit in federal court against the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, hoping to prove that “Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson are no longer protected by federal copyright laws.”

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Along with Laurie R. King, Klinger edited A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon. He was working on a new collection called In the Company of Sherlock Holmes with stories by Sara Paretsky, Michael Connelly, Lev Grossman and more. He made his case, in the release:

The Conan Doyle Estate contacted our publisher … and implied that if the Estate wasn’t paid a license fee, they’d convince the major distributors not to sell the book. Our publisher was, understandably, concerned, and told us that the book couldn’t come out unless this was resolved … It is true that some of Conan Doyle’s stories about Holmes are still protected by the U.S. copyright laws. However, the vast majority of the stories that Conan Doyle wrote are not. The characters of Holmes, Watson, and others are fully established in those fifty ‘public-domain’ stories. Under U.S. law, this should mean that anyone is free to create new stories about Holmes and Watson.

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Sara Paretsky to Receive Grand Master Award

Detective novelist Sara Paretsky will receive the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award for her long career in the genre.

MWA executive VP Larry Light had this statement: “The mystery genre took a seven-league stride thanks to Paretsky, whose gutsy and dauntless protagonist showed that women can be tough guys, too … Before, in Sara’s words, women in mysteries were either vamps or victims. Her heroine, private eye V.I. Warshawski, is whip-smart and two-fisted, capable of slugging back whiskey and wrecking cars, and afire to redress social injustice.”

Paretsky (pictured, in 1989) will receive the award at the Edgar Awards Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on April 28, 2011. The ceremony will also honor two bookstores the 2011 Raven Award, celebrating “outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.” The bookstores are: Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis and Centuries & Sleuths in Chicago.