The following excerpt is from the New York Times:
December 27, 2013, 10:16 am
Sherlock Holmes Is in the Public Domain, American Judge RulesBy JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
In the more than 125 years since he first appeared, Sherlock Holmes has popped up everywhere from fan fiction set in outer space to screen adaptations like CBS’s “Elementary,” set in contemporary Manhattan. But now, following a legal ruling, the deerstalker-wearing detective is headed to another destination: the public domain.
A federal judge has issued a declarative judgment stating that Holmes, Watson, 221B Baker Street, the dastardly Professor Moriarty and other elements included in the 50 Holmes works that Arthur Conan Doyle published before Jan. 1, 1923, are no longer covered by United States copyright law, and can therefore be freely used by others without paying any licensing fee to the writer’s estate.
Read all about it here!
I cannot tell you how relieved I am that this ruling has been made. Now, if I please, I have the freedom to write and publish my own Sherlock Holmes stories without a single objection!