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James Joyce Copyright Case Settled In California

Publication Date: 
March 24, 2007
Source: 
Reuters / Hollywood Reporter
Author: 
Leslie Simmons

Reuters covers the settlement agreement between the Estate of James Joyce and Carol Shloss, an acting professor of English and Joycean scholar at Stanford. The agreement allows Shloss to publish excerpts from family correspondence and notebooks that shed light on Lucia Joyce's influence over her father's work, including Finnegans Wake. Shloss was previously unable to publish materials that supported her scholarship. The legal team representing Shloss was comprised of lawyers from Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, Cyberlaw Clinic, and Fair Use Project.

Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project is quoted:

According to Schloss' attorney Anthony Falzone, executive director of the Fair Use Project at Stanford, the Joyce estate has been "extremely aggressive in enforcing copyrights and has threatened scholars with lawsuits even though their work qualifies under the 'fair use' doctrine of copyright law."

 

He added that Schloss "got exactly what she asked for in her complaint, and more."