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Arthur Conan Doyle’s Heirs would withdraw a lawsuit against Netflix

Many of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories are now in the public domain and are not protected by copyright law. However, some later stories from the writer’s estate continue to be protected.

When Netflix announced it was filming a series about the Holmes brothers’ younger sister, Doyle’s heirs rushed to the court.  The court hearing was in June. They argued that in Enola Holmes producers borrowed a plot from the stories dating to 1923-1927 and infringed the last books of the writer.

However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit will be dismissed. The streaming service filed a counterclaim against Doyle’s heirs. He accused the plaintiffs of trying to “create a perpetual right to intellectual property.” As a result of mutual accusations, Netflix and the Conan Doyle Estate came to an agreement, but its terms were not reported. Both lawsuits were withdrawn from the Federal Court in New Mexico. Interestingly, the plot of the upcoming film Enola Holmes was based not on Doyle’s books, but on Nancy Springer’s book titled “The Enola Holmes Investigation. The Case of the Disappearing Marquis.”