The film, based on a series of Nancy Springer novels and released on Netflix in September, follows the younger sister of the legendary detective, a character created by Springer.
But the late author’s summer made choices about the way Holmes is portrayed in the series, arguing that the manga has always been kind and emotional in books that are always under the copyright of the author. In previous works, now in the public domain, his highness and lack of empathy are crucial aspects of his character and must be respected in every adaptation, the summer claims.
Many Sherlock Holmes titles are still protected under U.S. copyright protection law.
“While Sherlock Holmes is famous for his great powers of observation and logic, he is almost famous for being aloof and unemployed,” the filing argues, citing an excerpt from a story by Conan Doyle, in which his longtime friend and assistant Dr. John Watson described Holmes as “deficient in human sympathy as he was preeminent in intelligence.”
“(T) or Holmes, Watson was utilitarian – to be employed when useful, then removed,” the spinning continues. “Holmes didn’t treat Watson with heat.”
While most of Conan Doyle’s stories of Sherlock Holmes are available in the public domain and can therefore be adapted by anyone, a series of later stories – written after the First World War, that had a profound impact on the world. authors – I am still under copyright.
Summer, which has gone after other alleged infractions over the years, claims it was only in those later, copyrighted stories that the detective downplayed – and that using these traits of a kind nature, the books and the “Enola Holmes” movies are. therefore violating copyright.
CNN contacted Netflix, Springer and Penguin Random House, the book’s publisher, for comments.
“Holmes needed to be human,” the paper says, after describing the impact of the war on Conan Doyle. “He became capable of friendship. He could express emotion. He began to respect women.”
“”[T]Springer’s novels make violent use of Holmes ’transformation of Conan Doyle from cold and critical to warm, respectful and kind in their relationships,” the summer states.
“Springer places Enola Holmes at the center of the novels and has (Sherlock) Holmes initially treated her well, then changed to respond to her with warmth and kindness,” she adds.
He cites a passage from Springer’s 2008 book “The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets,” in which Holmes worries about Watson after he dies. “Nothing in the Holmes public domain stories expresses such an emotion,” the filing argues.
The filing explains neither Springer nor its publisher nor the producers of the Netflix adaptation have asked permission to use the stories protected by Conan Doyle.
In its promotional material in April, Netflix said the new film “tells the story of Enola, the rebellious teenage sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, a self-sufficient super-sleed who often spends his brilliant siblings.”
He added that the film “poses a new female dynamic to the world’s greatest detective and his brilliant family.”