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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    Richard (profile), 30 Sep 2009 @ 2:43am

    Re: the funding fathers

    "the relative importance attached to each by the Funding Fathers."

    Hmm the funding fathers

    Freudian slip here perhaps

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