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Federal Judge Declares Sherlock Holmes Characters in Public Domain. Sort of., by Dan Nabel, LawLawLand Blog


Comedian Dmitri Martin has a great joke about the expression ‘sort of.’  Although normally a fairly meaningless expression, saying ‘sort of’ after certain things suddenly becomes very important.  Such as after the phrase ‘I love you,’ or ‘You’re going to live,’ or ‘It’s a boy.’  I immediately thought of this joke after reading a recent order issued by a federal court in Illinois.  The order declared that Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, 221B Baker Street, the evil Professor Moriarty, and other elements of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved works have fallen into the public domain.

Sort of.