Part of the Furniture Now
- Oct 13, 2020
Since yesterday all the Sherlock Holmes stories are in the public domain.
Elementary our dear @GrangerousThe Persian Slipper contains… Granger.
The entry into the public domain of the stories implies that they can be edited or taken to different formats without having to pay rights. It is now legal to download stories from the internet without paying money. But it does not imply that tomorrow you can launch a Brand of x product called Sherlock Holmes without paying royalties, if someone has already registered the name as a trademark.I've read the stories at least three times. Good stuff.
According to the IHearofSherlockEverywhere podcast you have to be careful of the expiration date of a copyright and a trademark. Copyrights do expire but trademarks are damn near eternal. The only thing that can't be trademarked are the stories themselves.