Judge Posner Solves Sherlock Holmes Case


Rita Yoon authored this bylined article on a Seventh Circuit decision which held that the original character of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. John H. Watson, are no longer subject to protection of copyrights that expired more than 130 years ago. In light of the decision, Ms. Yoon cautioned that “if seeking to enforce copyright protection on derivative works based on expired copyrights, it is important to parse the new, additional elements in the derivative works still protected by copyright from the expired elements.”