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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Netflix sued over 'Enola Holmes' movie for copyright infringement by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle estate

UnknownThe family estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator and author of all the Sherlock Holmes stories, is suing Netflix over copyright and trademark infringement for its upcoming movie "Enola Holmes."

The author, writer, and director of the Millie Bobby Brown-led film are also being sued as well as Nancy Springer, the author of "The Enola Holmes Mysteries" book series, on which the move is based. 

In the film, Brown plays Sherlock and Mycroft's younger sister, Enola, who is also a skill detective. The movie is set to premiere in September. 

According to Deadline, the family of the iconic author claims that the "copyright infringement arises from defendants unauthorized copying of original creative expression by [Conan Doyle] in copyrighted  Sherlock Holmes stories."

The suit is claiming that after Conan Doyle's eldest son was killed in WWI, he returned to writing Sherlock Holmes stories but realized "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."

After creating the character in 1887, Conan Foyle wrote 56 short stories and four novels about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. John Watson. 

See Jessica Napoli, Netflix sued over 'Enola Holmes' movie for copyright infringement by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle estate, Fox News, June 25, 2020.


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