James Joyce Estate Agrees To Pay Legal Fees To Professor It Sought To Stifle

from the good-news dept

We wrote in the past about how the estate of author James Joyce tried to use copyright law to prevent a professor from quoting any works from James Joyce or his daughter Lucia Joyce in a biography of Lucia Joyce she was working on. This was, of course, ridiculous, and after many years in court, the estate didn't just lose, but was ordered to pay attorneys' fees as well, totaling more than $326,000. The estate then appealed that as well, but has now agreed to settle, and pay $240,000 in attorneys' fees to the professor, Carol Shloss. While the end result was good, the fact that she had to go through this whole process just to write a biography in the first place is still quite problematic. Abusing copyright law to stifle free speech is always a problem.
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Filed Under: carol shloss, copyright, fair use, james joyce, lucia joyce

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    Call me Al, 30 Sep 2009 @ 7:25am

    Re: Ignorance

    Ulysses is one of the most pretentious and tedious books ever written. The writing itself is stunningly constructed but the narrative is aweful. However, because of its pretension, its been heralded as one of the great pieces of literature. It is the same a looking at a really ugly building but saying that the nails used in its construction are lovingly crafted. Ulysses regularly finds its place high up on the lists but very few people actually read it because it is boring.

    Back to the topic at hand though, I'm glad this has rebounded on the Joyce estate. I wonder if they also argue against books of notes on his works on the same grounds. It is a severe limit on free speech and legitimate criticism and reflects very badly on their contempt for their audience.

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