Right s of Scholars: Shloss v. Joyce Estate

The lawsuit Carol Shloss v. Estate of James Joyce has settled. Details can be found in Lawrence Lessig's blog. The settlement agreement established the right of Stanford Professor Carol Shloss to use copyrighted materials in connection with her scholarly biography of Lucia Joyce: "Lucia Joyce: To Dance In The Wake". As Lessig points out, Shloss suffered more than ten years of threats and intimidation by Stephen James Joyce, who purported to prohibit her from quoting from anything that James or Lucia Joyce ever wrote for any purpose.

Lessig sees this as a remarkable victory and expects a series of cases defending the rights of academics against improperly aggressive copyright holders. The Fair Use Projectdefends the rights of scholars and academics.

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