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New Year’s Day is also Public Domain Day, and with it unravels new creative secrets previously locked away under copyright. In the US, works published in 1927 will enter the public domain. Joining them is the last of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, giving anyone full rights to crack open modern-day cases with the iconic sleuth.

Creators can now close the files on how much (or little) they can explore with the famed detective and his assistant, John Watson. Come January 1, Doyle’s final two Holmes books—The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger and The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place—will be uncuffed from the shackles of copyright protection, making the characters and their stories fully available for reinterpretation.

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