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Seventh Circuit says Sherlock Holmes is still copyright-free

Mark Sableman June 24, 2014
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The decision includes a strong warning that extending copyright protection as requested by the Doyle estate would be a “two-edged sword,” because it would reduce the incentive of subsequent authors to create derivative works, increase the costs of new authorship, and incentivize successful authors to extend old characters rather than create stories with entirely new characters. READ MORE