Free At Last! Judge Liberates Sherlock Holmes From Copyright


“A federal judge has issued a declarative judgment stating that Holmes, Watson, 221B Baker Street, the dastardly Professor Moriarty and other elements included in the 50 Holmes works Arthur Conan Doyle published before Jan. 1, 1923, are no longer covered by United States copyright law and can be freely used by creators without paying any licensing fee to the Conan Doyle estate.”

UK Tax Break To Art Owners Describes As A “Racket”

Rossetti's A Christmas Carol is on the list of tax-exempted artworks

Under the scheme, inheritance tax can be deferred if an owner commits to keeping significant works in the country and makes them available for the public to view. But it “is an incredibly small obligation”, with owners having to make an item available for no more than 28 days a year.

Measuring Wikipedia (What we Can Learn From How People Use It)


“The internet behemoth boasts 30 million articles written in more than 285 languages, tweaked by 70,000 active editors and viewed by 530 million visitors worldwide each month. As mountains of information go, it’s Everest. Teasing out trends from the open source encyclopedia’s archives is a task few would even attempt.”

Teens Are Abandoning Facebook (Who Cares?)


The question of whether teens will abandon Facebook has fascinated observers for at least four years (ever since the hysteria over teen Facebook addiction passed). But all that really matters to the service is what happens after teens go off to college and enter “the real world.”

2013’s Best New Architecture


“While a certain modern classicism predominated in 2013, there was another strain of smart buildings that aimed for a contemporary sensibility more concerned with sustainability, landscape, the vernacular and even geology.”

Why We Should Tune To 432 (And Ditch 440)


“Most music worldwide has been tuned to A=440 Hz since the International Standards Organization (ISO) promoted it in 1953. However, studies regarding the vibratory nature of the universe indicate that this pitch is disharmonious with the natural resonance of nature and may generate negative effects on human behaviour and consciousness.”

Who Has The Least Power In The Artworld? (A Top 20 List)


“This is a particularly bad year for critics. Not a single entry on the Power 100, while print media keeps firing their full-time art critics. It’s so bad, some critics don’t even bother putting their names on scathing takedowns of multi-million-dollar shows since it really doesn’t matter.”

Band Finds Out Where Its Music Is Most-Pirated, Then Plays Concerts There (And Makes Millions)


“Having an accurate real time snapshop of key data streams is all about helping inform people’s decision making. If you know what drives engagement you can maximize the value of your fan base. Artists could say ‘we’re getting pirated here, let’s do something about it’, or ‘we’re popular here, let’s play a show’.”

No Excuses – Fix The West End’s Theatres!

Royal Court theatre interior

Lyn Gardner: “It was once said that it would be impossible to modernise football grounds but that has happened, in some cases through updating and in some instances through re-building. Like football, West End theatre is a business, and one that last year posted record revenues.”

The Year’s Most Pirated TV Show


Fans “are so eager for the murder, villainy, depravity and wedding banquets gone horribly wrong depicted on that series that they don’t mind engaging in a little piracy to see the show.”

Nicole Kidman With The Real-Life Character She’s Just Played

Nicole Kidman and Patti Lomax

In The Railway Man, the Oscar-winning actress portrays the wife of Eric Lomax, who wrote a best-selling memoir of his time as a prisoner-of-war in a World War II Japanese labor camp in Thailand. In a three-way phone interview, Kidman and Lomax talk about getting to know each other and what they have in common.

Broadway’s Next Big Thing? Immersive Dinner Theater


Queen of the Night, produced by the man who brought New York Sleep No More and The Donkey Show, “is presented as a ‘dark debutante ball’ given by the Marchesa, a potently ambiguous figure … who blends aspects of Mozart’s queen, the 1920s muse and dandy Luisa Casati, and the performance artist Marina Abramovic.”

How The Romans Celebrated The Holidays


“The Romans celebrated the winter festival of Sigillaria on 23rd of December, part of their Saturnalia festivities. Just like on Christmas Day, Sigillaria saw presents exchanged. So how does Sigillaria compare to a modern day Christmas? And can we say that the Roman’s invented Christmas?”

Two-Sentence Holiday Short Stories


Elizabeth Crane, Lauren Groff, Peter Orner, Kate Milliken, Matthew Specktor and 29 other writers offer sad, amusing, paradoxical, wicked, very brief tales of the season.