Free Sherlock: The copyright battle of Baker Street

Rimmer, Matthew (2013) Free Sherlock: The copyright battle of Baker Street. The Conversation.

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Abstract

Sherlock Holmes faces his greatest challenge – since his fight to the death with Professor James Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls.

Who owns Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective? Is it the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Or the mysterious socialite Andrea Plunket? Or does Sherlock Holmes belong to the public?

This is the question currently being debated in copyright litigation in the United States courts, raising larger questions about copyright law and the public domain, the ownership of literary characters, and the role of sequels, adaptations, and mash-ups.

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ID Code: 85289
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Matthew Rimmer
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2015 06:26
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2015 04:16

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