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Deal Lets Joyce Scholar Publish

Publication Date: 
March 23, 2007
Daily Journal
Anna Oberthur

This article covers the settlement between the Estate of James Joyce and Carol Shloss, acting professor of English and Joycean scholar at Stanford University. Shloss was represented by a team from the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, Cyberlaw Clinic, and Fair Use Project.

In 2003, Shloss published Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake about Lucia's influence over her father's novel, Finnegans Wake, but Shloss had not been allowed to include important material that supports her scholarship. The agreement enables Shloss to publish that material, including letters between James Joyce and his daughter Lucia Joyce.

Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project and Professor Lawrence Lessig are quoted:

"Our client got exactly what she asked for in her complaint and more," said Shloss' lawyer Anthony Falzone, executive director of Stanford Law School's Fair Use Project.

"Another lawyer for Shloss--Lawrence Lessig, director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society--said that while he is happy with the outcome, there will be more cases like Shloss'."

"This is just the first in a series of cases that will be necessary to establish the reality of creative freedom that the 'fair use' doctrine is intended to protect, in theory," Lessig said. "We will continue to defend academics threatened by overly aggressive copyright holders."