Michigan attorney defends Sherlock Holmes copyright

Sep 30, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) and Martin Freeman star in TV's 'Masterpiece Mystery!' series 'Sherlock'.

"The game is afoot". That's one of many recognizable phrases from the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. John Bursch is a Grand Rapids lawyer who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on eight occasions. Now, one of his most unusual clients is the Doyle estate.

He's working on a case revolving around the Sherlock Holmes copyright. Current State talks with Bursch about the proposed publication of new Holmes stories written by contemporary authors.