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June 19, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Court of Appeals Keeps Sherlock Holmes in the Public Domain

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling that the characters in the Sherlock Holmes series created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain. All of the Sherlock Holmes stories written before 1923 are not under copyright protection, and the final 10 stories written from 1923 to 1927 are copyrighted until 95 years after the original date of publication. The court’s decision is as follows:

We cannot find any basis in statute or case law for extending a copyright beyond its expiration. When a story falls into the public domain, story elements—including characters covered by the expired copyright—become fair game for follow-on authors, … so only original elements added in the later stories remain protected.

Source: Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals



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