A federal judge ruled that the characters of Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, and many others from Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are in the public domain, but the Conan Doyle estate says Sherlock Holmes still isn't free for use.
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Leslie S. Klinger, editor of Holmes anthologies, has filed a civil complaint against the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle, alleging that Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain and that the fees writers pay to the estate are unnecessary.
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