Netflix Settles ‘Enola Holmes’ Lawsuit

The case was surprising given that most of the Sherlock Holmes canon is in the public domain, confirmed by prior courts. To get around the fact that anyone can create stories about the famous detective without infringing Arthur Conan Doyle’s 19th century work, the Conan Doyle Estate leaned on 10 original stories authored between 1923 and 1927 — ones that (at some point) remained under copyright. The plaintiff asserted that the difference between the public domain stories and the copyrighted ones was a Sherlock Holmes who develops empathy in the latter series. That feeling (plus trademarks) was alleged to have been infringed. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter »