6 thoughts on “Guest post: A Holmes of Your Own by Drew Black

  1. paulaacton says:

    As a writer and also a writer of fan fiction for fun I found this fascinating, I do wonder if at some point the copyright periods will need to be changed given that people are living longer and it is a realistic proposition that the child of an author could effectively lose control over their own parents work.


    • Drew Black says:

      Thanks for comment and observation, Paula.
      Indeed that very question is the subject of lively lobbying by industry copyright holders, most famously Disney who successfully convinced US Congress to extend copyright protection from the lifetime of the author plus fifty years to plus seventy years and, in the case of Mickey Mouse, 120 years. Hereditary copyright is very safe and there are those (me, for instance) who regard 70 years as patently contradictory to the spirit of the law.


    • Drew Black says:

      Not a great deal, except that anything legally Holmesian published in the US prior to this ruling (and in the UK prior to 1997) would have at the grace of an accommodation negotiated with the Doyle estate. Since that appears to have been little more than a rubber-stamping fee the only real change should be a slight increase in the varieties of Sherlocks on the market.
      I really appreciate you taking the time to comment, incidentally.


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