SHERLOCKIANS! READ THIS! READ THIIIIIIIIIIS!

Remember Shreffgate? Remember all those nasty things he said about fandom and fans and us and all young women who dared to like the same thing he did in a different way? emember how many people were worried that the BSI was reflected by that lone jack-in-the-ass? Well this was just posted by our sponsors, The Baker Street Journal, on behalf of the Baker Street Irregulars:

A World of Sherlockians

The Baker Street Irregulars (BSI) is an international literary society formed to promote the study and enjoyment of the stories of Sherlock Holmes.  Although formal membership is limited, The Baker Street Irregulars publishes the widely-read Baker Street Journal, the society’s publication of Sherlockian scholarship.  The BSI has sponsored Sherlockian events open to the public throughout the United States and created a book division which has 40 separate titles to date, primarily of Sherlockian scholarship, sold worldwide.  Further, the BSI has established a public archive at the Houghton Library at Harvard University, collecting correspondence and other Irregular publications, and memorabilia, relating to the history of the BSI.  This was all achieved by scores of dedicated and talented volunteers who, thankfully, do not take themselves too seriously.

The current widespread interest in Sherlock Holmes has been reflected in the various activities of the BSI.  Both the Baker Street Journal and BSI-published books had their best years in 2012, and the public support for the Harvard University archive has been gratifying and exceeded expectations.  2012 also marked the first BSI-sponsored conference on the West Coast, with over 100 international conferees, many of whom had never attended a BSI-sponsored event.

We deplore and condemn the idea that proper appreciation of the stories of Sherlock Holmes should be limited to a small, elite fandom.  Sherlock Holmes belongs to the world, and we applaud all who share the devotion of The Baker Street Irregulars to the memory of the Master Detective, regardless of age, sex or the medium in which they express their views. [x]

The BSJ has always been so supportive of us and the Sherlock fandom, as has most of the BSI, but an official announcement is insane. It means so much and dammit, it means we’ve all won against the curmudgeons. Fully.

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I Survived Shreffgate And All I Got Was This Text Post

Do not underestimate the power of the internet. Respect it. Respect us.

The past week has been insane. Ever since The Rant, things have been going at a crazy pace and it’s been difficult to keep up. First the article appeared and then evidence that he’s done this before, that he was actually pro-youngsters at one point (circa 1960s, granted), and that his partners-in-crime were writing nasty things about us too. Support came from everywhere. From very important and very distinguished BSI members,  from other society and scion members, from scholars and media personalities, from old friends, new friends, and from you all: the internet.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Shreffgate gained us not only 500 new followers over twitter, tumblr, and facebook overnight, but that we’ve received hundreds and hundreds of comments, messages, emails, and phone calls of worry and support from all over the world. It’s been insane and overwhelming and amazing. To everyone who has asked us to read their rebuttals and comments, we’re getting there, there’s seriously hundreds of them! And you’re all just so articulate and amazing. Who could ever doubt you? Those who don’t really pay attention, that’s who. Not very becoming of a Sherlockian, hm?

There comes a point when you actually don’t know how to deal with that much love, hence why I’ve (Curly) been a little quiet the past two or three days. I’m slowly making my way through messages, and I know Lyndsay and Maria (who have both written amazing pieces) feel much the same way, as do all us Babes and everyone else who was attacked by that piece of wankery. The pride and the love from you all is the most inspiring thing. Oh if you could read what some of the traditional Sherlockians write about you, the really AMAZING things. Maybe I’ll put together some bits and pieces for you all, because many brought tears to my eyes. 99% of the Sherlockian world love us all. They adore fandom. They’re so excited about it. We’re personally drowning in love, and you are all too, you may just not know it. It’s flushed out the hatred of Phillip Shreffler and his Looney Toon gang of elitist snobs.

Shreffler is apparently shaking in his boots. He has lost the respect of many of his friends and peers, and is maybe… possibly… perhaps (not likely?), re-evaluating his words. Frankly, at this point, I don’t care, because his chapter is over.

So thank you. From the bottom of my heart, from all The Babes, from all the women (and men) who are part of fandom and have been affected by this. Thank you. So much.

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"A civil action was filed today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate by Sherlock Holmes scholar Leslie S. Klinger. Klinger seeks to have the Court determine that the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson are no longer protected by federal copyright laws and that writers, filmmakers, and others are free to create new stories about Holmes, Watson, and others of their circle without paying license fees to the current owners of the remaining copyrights."

- Free Sherlock

Babes Lyndsay & Curly chat with Holmesian extraordinaire and vigilante Les Klinger about freeing Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, and a host of other characters from copyright.

Also mentioned: Shreffgate, Sherlock Holmes 3 (the movie), Sherlock Gnomes, and some pornography.

You can find all the information about Free Sherlock at http://free-sherlock.com/

AKA we’re in The New York Times! BSB Lyndsay comments on the recent lawsuit as well as Shreffgate (which, yes, has now made national press, and tumblr, you’re mentioned!)

Find out more about Free Sherlock at free-sherlock.com

Leslie Klinger is the man behind #FreeSherlock, a lawyer, and the advisor on the Downey Jr films. We interviewed him on Episode 14.

Betsy Rosenblatt is an amazing lady and lawyer, we interviewed her on Episode 30

Read it below and follow the jump to finish!

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Suit Says Sherlock Belongs to the Ages By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER

Published: March 6, 2013

Devotees of Sherlock Holmes are a famously obsessive bunch, and in the 126 years since Arthur Conan Doyle introduced his coolheaded detective they have certainly had plenty of real-world intrigues to ponder alongside fictional ones like “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.”

There have been fierce battles over control of Conan Doyle’s estate and the preservation of his former home in Surrey, England — to say nothing of the wild speculations surrounding the mysterious 2004 death of a prominent Holmes scholar who was found garroted with a shoelace shortly before a controversial auction of Conan Doyle papers.

But when the Baker Street Irregulars, an invitation-only literary club, gathered for their annual weekend in New York in January, few had any inkling they would soon be embroiled in a distinctly 21st-century case that might be called “The Adventure of the Social Media-Driven Copyright Debate, With Annotations on Sherlockian Sexism and the True Nature of Literary Devotion.”

A few weeks later, after a leading Holmes scholar and longtime Irregular filed a legal complaint against the Conan Doyle estate arguing that Sherlock Holmes and the basic elements of his world were in the public domain, various online Sherlockian conclaves exploded.

“The suit has wreaked havoc,” said Betsy Rosenblatt, an assistant professor at Whittier Law School and a member of the Irregulars, who pointed to the spread of a “#freesherlock” hashtag on Twitter.

The suit, which stems from the estate’s efforts to collect a licensing fee for a planned collection of new Holmes-related stories by Sara Paretsky, Michael Connelly and other contemporary writers, makes a seemingly simple argument. Of the 60 Conan Doyle stories and novels in “the Canon” (as Sherlockians call it), only the 10 stories first published in the United States after 1923 remain under copyright. Therefore, the suit asserts, many fees paid to the estate for the use of the character have been unnecessary.

But it’s also shaping up to be something of what one blogger called “a Sherlockian Civil War.” On one side is Leslie S. Klinger, a prominent lawyer from Malibu, Calif., and the editor of the three-volume, nearly 3,000-page “New Annotated Sherlock Holmes,” as well as an editor of the new collection. On the other is Jon Lellenberg, a retired Defense Department strategist and, for the past 30 years, the Conan Doyle estate’s hard-nosed American agent.

If neither side is ready to cast the other in the role of Professor Moriarty, Holmes’s arch-nemesis, the tide of sympathy among Sherlockians is running strongly in Mr. Klinger’s favor.

“They’ve heard about the way the estate is going around bullying people,” said Darlene Cypser, a lawyer in Denver and the author of a self-published trilogy about the young Holmes, for which the estate initially demanded a licensing fee. (She declined to pay, she said.) “This has been coming for some time. I’m glad Les decided to take it up.”

… read more.

(The following is an official announcement from the Baker Street Irregulars, to be found on the Baker Street Journal’s website here. We draw your attention to the final paragraph [boldface ours] and invite you to shower kisses on them if you please by tweeting @BakerStJournal.)

A World of Sherlockians

The Baker Street Irregulars (BSI) is an international literary society formed to promote the study and enjoyment of the stories of Sherlock Holmes.  Although formal membership is limited, The Baker Street Irregulars publishes the widely-read Baker Street Journal, the society’s publication of Sherlockian scholarship.  The BSI has sponsored Sherlockian events open to the public throughout the United States and created a book division which has 40 separate titles to date, primarily of Sherlockian scholarship, sold worldwide.  Further, the BSI has established a public archive at the Houghton Library at Harvard University, collecting correspondence and other Irregular publications, and memorabilia, relating to the history of the BSI.  This was all achieved by scores of dedicated and talented volunteers who, thankfully, do not take themselves too seriously.

The current widespread interest in Sherlock Holmes has been reflected in the various activities of the BSI.  Both the Baker Street Journal and BSI-published books had their best years in 2012, and the public support for the Harvard University archive has been gratifying and exceeded expectations.  2012 also marked the first BSI-sponsored conference on the West Coast, with over 100 international conferees, many of whom had never attended a BSI-sponsored event.

We deplore and condemn the idea that proper appreciation of the stories of Sherlock Holmes should be limited to a small, elite fandom.  Sherlock Holmes belongs to the world, and we applaud all who share the devotion of The Baker Street Irregulars to the memory of the Master Detective, regardless of age, sex or the medium in which they express their views.