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Posts Tagged: public domain

Public Domain Has It

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My heart pounded and my breath choked in my windpipe. I had stumbled on an accidental mention of a totally unfamiliar race. Obviously non-Terrestrial. Yet, to the characters in the book, it was perfectly natural—which suggested they belonged to the same species. To celebrate Philip K. Dick’s birthday, the Paris Review published “The Eyes Have […]

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It’s Fair Use, My Dear Watson

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There’s been no shortage of Sherlock Holmes spin-offs in the past few years, and with the Supreme Court’s decision not  to hear a case from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate, contemporary re-imaginings of the detective savant will continue to thrive. The Guardian reports that by refusing to consider an appeal of a seventh-circuit court decision naming […]

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Sherlock Holmes Enters the Public Domain

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Excellent news: Your X-rated Sherlock/Watson slashfic now has the blessing of the American legal system! Well, sort of. A US district court has ruled that, with the exception of a few stories published after 1923, the material from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series is in the public domain. A New York Times article from earlier […]

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