This past Sunday was 2023's Public Domain Day, which marked the end of US copyrights on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s last few Sherlock Holmes stories (also Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, but that's unlikely to make as much of a pop-culture-freebie splash). If you're attracted to falling down legal or literary nerd wormholes, I highly recommend reading the Wikipedia article about Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd., the 2014 decision about the scope of the Conan Doyle Estate's copyright over the Sherlock Holmes characters. There's an unexpected Star Wars crossover!
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