News By/Courtesy: Daksh Dave | 28 Jun 2020 22:46pm IST

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Arthur Conan Doyle 's estate is suing Netflix, among others, for his forthcoming film "Enola Holmes"—supposing that the show's depiction of Sherlock Holmes as kind, loving, and respectful of women is a breach of the author's copyright. The film, based on a series of novels by Nancy Springer and released on Netflix in September, follows the legendary detective's younger sister, a character developed by Springer. But the late author's estate objected to the way Holmes is portrayed in the series, arguing that the sleuth was only ever kind and emotional in books that are still copyrighted by the author. 

In earlier plays, now in the public domain, his aloofness and lack of sympathy are key facets of his character and must be preserved in every adaptation, argues the estate. Many later titles of Sherlock Holmes are still protected under US copyright law. The estate brought a lawsuit against Netflix, the U.S.-based producer's Springer, its publisher Penguin Random House, and others in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, just three months before the film – starring Henry Cavill as Sherlock and Millie Bobby Brown as title character Enola – is scheduled for release on the streaming network. "While Sherlock Holmes is famous for his great powers of observation and logic, he is almost as famous for being aloof and unemotional," the film argues, citing an excerpt from Conan Doyle 's story in which his long-time friend and assistant Dr. John Watson described Holmes as "as deficient in human sympathy as he was preeminent in intelligence."

"(T)o Holmes, Watson was utilitarian — to be used when useful, then set aside," says the file. "Holmes was not treating Watson with fire." Although much of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories are available in the public domain and so can be adapted by anyone, a series of later stories — published after World War I, which had a profound effect on the author — are still under copyright.

The estate, which over the years has gone after other alleged infringements, argues that it was only in those later, copyrighted stories that the detective softened up — and that the books and film "Enola Holmes" are thus infringing copyright by using those gentler character traits.

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 28 Jun 2020 23:02pm IST


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