The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of Conan Doyle Estate v. Klinger, a dispute over whether or not the famed detective exists in the public domain and whether or not Klinger (and any other writers, for that matter) owed licensing fees to the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate.
The court’s action means that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from June in Klinger’s favor is the final word in the case. The appeals court held that the 50 Sherlock Holmes works published before 1923 are in the public domain as copyright protections have expired. (Reuters)
Score one for proper copyright litigation!