Free Sherlock - verdict

So  it would appear that the Free Sherlock campaign is celebrating victory over the Conan Doyle Estate. But what difference does it really make? 

It’s presumably a big deal for people who sell books or make films for the US market but beyond that what difference does it make? People releasing books in Europe (and most of the rest of the world) will see no obvious difference (as this does not alter whatever legal position exists anywhere else in the world); and certain other parties who lay claim to the Sherlock Holmes name are unlikely to cease their activities which means that people worldwide hardly have a clear legal field to do what they want.

Presumably the Estate could appeal so I think people need to put the corks back in the champagne bottles.

Are we free yet?

In due time, details will appear here.

Written by Alistair Duncan
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