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Those wishing to give Holmes a whirl will be very glad to hear he's well and truly in the public domain, according to The Guardian article.

A US court has ruled that Sherlock Holmes – along with 46 stories and four novels he’s appeared in – is in the public domain, reaffirming the expiration of the copyright once owned by the estate of Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle.

The ruling by the seventh US circuit court of appeals in Chicago comes after the Doyle estate threatened to sue the editor of a book of original Holmes fiction if the author didn’t pay licensing fees.


Good to see an author's editor sticking to his guns like that too!

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