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

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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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  1. identicon
    phil, 30 Sep 2009 @ 12:14pm

    Re: Re: Ignorance

    Excellent idea. Seeing has how it's been 2800 years and all, every living Greek is probably descended from Homer. I'll bet there's some sort of national culture IP that could be claimed. (remember the 'invented' NZ tribal dances)
    What claim might work best?... the 'invention' of epic poetry? ... or a 'trademark' on Greek national heritage perhaps? I suspect 'copyright' might be a problem given that 2800 year thing.
    Not only is there cash to be raised to clear up that budget deficit in Greece, but I bet safeguarding cultural IP would incentivize more innovative literature.

    Remember, it's never too late to sue, although sometimes it's too late to win.

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