• “Sherlock” isn't the first modern Holmes; Lucy Liu isn't the first female Watson.� Nothing here to get out of joint about……

  • “Sherlock” isn't the first modern Holmes; Lucy Liu isn't the first female Watson.� Nothing here to get out of joint about……

  • “Sherlock” isn't the first modern Holmes; Lucy Liu isn't the first female Watson.� Nothing here to get out of joint about……

  • I'm a little interested in the legal issues.

    Cowell had to pay up, despite claiming that X-Factor was distinct from Pop Idol: yeah, right.

    But, is the problem (as far as the beeb are concerned) that Sherlock Holmes, and his stories, are out of copyright? Is it a free for all?

  • The Beeb does have that problem in that it doesn't own the rights to Sherlock Holmes. However, it can argue it has the format rights and certain elements of that format are its, just as you couldn't have a game show with lots a briefcases/boxes full of money and a guy on the phone called 'the banker' without the owners of Deal or No Deal? wanting some cash from you.

    So if Elementary and Sherlock are sufficiently similar in enough aspects, the Beeb can sue. If they're not, it can just grumble a lot.

  • Nothing about that picture screams Sherlock at me. She doesn't look like Martin Freeman; they haven't copied the costumes; the only similarity is that Sherlock is wearing a scarf, and it isn't even the same kind of scarf that BC wears. Other than that, it's a tall person interacting with a shorter person in a street.

  • bob

    He has tied the scarf in the same way though…