Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Contested Copyright

Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property, 15, 537, 2016

18 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2016

See all articles by Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith

Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith

Duke Law School; Kings College London, Department of War Studies, Students

Date Written: June 19, 2016

Abstract

For generations, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and short stories on the adventures of Sherlock Holmes have captivated the minds of readers and fueled a lucrative intellectual property market. The historical trajectory of international copyright protections to this literary canon, however, is an equally intriguing, if not mysterious, page-turner. This Note explores the procedural history of Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd., and examines how the literary characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson can simultaneously exist in the public domain, while certain story elements still remain under copyright protection in the United States until 2022.

Keywords: Sherlock Holmes, copyright, intellectual property

Suggested Citation

Malekos Smith, Jessica Zhanna, Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Contested Copyright (June 19, 2016). Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property, 15, 537, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2797811

Jessica Zhanna Malekos Smith (Contact Author)

Duke Law School ( email )

210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

Kings College London, Department of War Studies, Students ( email )

King's College London, Strand
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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