The New York Times reports that a US court has ruled that Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain; an appeal is being lodged.
An explosion of faux Sherlock Holmes fiction is expected, like a boil bursting.
I’ve yet to read a “Sherlock Holmes story” by an imitator that matches the quality of those written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The greater part of the art of literature is inventing and developing characters. It follows that a writer who insists that he has a “right” to use another writer’s characters, by definition isn’t much chop.
One of the purposes of the law of copyright protection having a natural termination a number of years after the death of the creator is education. There is nothing in the expressed reasons or implied intentions of the creators of copyright about satisfying the greed of writers too slack or untalented to invent their own characters by permitting them to cash in on the name recognition of established fictional icons created by better men.
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