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Free Sherlock Holmes: the Copyright Battle of Baker Street – by Matthew Rimmer

October 25, 2013

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"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" opening image

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Where do literary characters stand when it comes to copyright law? The ownership of Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective created by Conan Doyle, is currently the subject of an ongoing legal battle in the US Courts. In the following article (originally published by The Conversation), ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor in Intellectual Property, Matthew Rimmer, explains why it is that Sherlock Holmes and his companions belong in the public domain.

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