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We all love mind-boggling thriller suspense stories that leave us awestruck. Never can the classic Sherlock stories be missed while having a word about thrillers. His intelligence, his wit, that detective talent and what not, the character Sherlock is admired all over the world by many generations. Birthed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle back in the 19th century, stories of the fictional marvel Sherlock has been time and again re-written and re-produced in various comical and digital formats. The recent most BBC produced British television series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbath and Martin Freeman received extraordinary reviews from viewers all around the world. Without a doubt! The stories were permitted to be presented in the public domain. However, a less known fact is, out of all the books authored by Sir Doyle, the last 10 penned down and published between the years 1925 to 1927 are yet to be made part of public property. The last 10 ones included references of a character named Enola Holmes and now Netflix wants to stream a film about the same that certainly disappoints the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
In point of fact, the character of Sherlock’s little sister Enola Holmes was introduced after need of “warmth” arrived or as the lawsuit stated, “It was no longer enough that the Holmes character was the most brilliant rational and analytical mind. Holmes needed to be human. The character needed to develop human connection and empathy.”
Aggrieved by illicit production of stories in the movie Enola Holmes, the Estate of Sherlock Holmes filed a lawsuit against various defendants including Nancy Springer, the writer of The Enola Holmes Mysteries, on which the upcoming film is based. Additionally, the publisher Penguin Random House, Legendary Productions LLC, PCMA Management and Productions LLC, EH Productions UK Ltd., director Harry Bradbeer and screenwriter Jack Thorne and Netflix are sued for trademark and copyright infringement.
The 19-page trademark and copyright complaint filed in the Federal Court of New Mexico mentions, “copyright infringement arises from defendants unauthorized copying of original creative expression by Sir Conan Doyle in copyrighted Sherlock Holmes stories.” Further adding, the use of such elements from the classic series amounts to “willful, deliberate and ongoing infringement of Conan Doyle Estate’s copyrights.” The Estate is seeking injunction orders and unspecified damages for such infringement.
The latest Netflix film starring Millie Bobby Brown as the main character along with legendary faces including Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Claffin, Fiona Shaw and Adeel Akhtar is all set to stream in August 2020, as of now. Further, let’s stay tuned for jury’s decision.