Arthur Conan Doyle Estate Sues Netflix for Copyright Infringement Over ‘Enola Holmes’ Movie
The estate of Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is suing Netflix and several other parties involved in the upcoming film "Enola Holmes" for copyright infringement and trademark problems with a project about the detective's sister.
In a lawsuit filed in New Mexico on Tuesday, the Conan Doyle Estate also targets Legendary Pictures, Penguin Random House and author Nancy Springer, whose book series inspired the film "Enola Holmes", in which Millie Bobby Brown (" Stranger Things “) will play the main role”). Director Harry Bradbeer, screenwriter Jack Thorne, PCMA Management and Productions and EH Productions UK are also named in the lawsuit.
The copyright infringement mentioned in the lawsuit is based on an "unauthorized copy of the original creative expression by (Doyle) in copyrighted Sherlock Holmes stories". While Doyle's work prior to 1923 is now in the public domain, his last 10 stories from 1923 to 1927 are still controlled by his estate. And the property argues that these later stories contain a "warmer" Sherlock Holmes - and that the upcoming Netflix film is illegally deviating from these more emotional stories.
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"The Great War happened after the stories that are now publicly available and before the copyrighted stories," the lawsuit said. “In World War I, Conan Doyle lost his eldest son, Arthur Alleyne Kingsley. Four months later, he lost his brother, Brigadier General Innes Doyle. When Conan Doyle returned to Holmes in the Copyrighted Stories between 1923 and 1927, it was no longer enough for the Holmes character to be the most brilliant rational and analytical spirit. Holmes had to be human. The character needed to develop human connection and empathy. "
Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The "Enola Holmes" film violated the law by copying characters and creating works from Doyle's later works, the lawsuit added. The Doyle Estate tries to keep the accused from further violations of intellectual property. An unspecified amount of damages is also required.
Enola Holmes is said to be released in August, though Netflix has not given it an official launch date.
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