Arthur Conan Doyle's heirs sue Netflix for being overly emotional

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's family is suing Netflix for their upcoming film, Enola Holmes. The lawsuit alleges that the genius detective Sherlock Holmes is depicted in the film as being overly emotional in relation to the female sex, which violates the copyright for the image created by Sir Doyle.

Enola Holmes is a girl from the Nancy Springer series of novels, the teenage sister of the famous detective. The books contain many elements from Doyle's stories of Sherlock Holmes, and most of these elements are not copyrighted today thanks to a string of court decisions in the early 2010s. The details of 10 stories, however, still belong to the Doyle family. Springer, and by extension, the Netflix adaptations, use their key elements. The lawsuit was brought against not only Netflix and Springer, but also its publisher Penguin Random House for incurred financial losses. The condition is that if the filmmakers want Sherlock Holmes to express emotions, they have to pay.

The complaint states that in classical stories Holmes is known as "aloof and unemotional." Then, as Arthur himself lives his life experience, this situation changes. After the release of the first stories about Sherlock Holmes, the First World War began, in which Conan Doyle buried his eldest son Arthur Alley Kingsley and his brother, Brigadier General Innes Doyle. When the writer returned to books, it was no longer enough for the character of Holmes to remain just the personification of a brilliant analytical mind. He had to become a human, and for this it was necessary to develop his human connections and empathy.