Stanford Scholar Wins Settlement From Joyce Estate

September 29, 2009

In a key win for literary scholars who work with the estates of authors, the estate of James Joyce has agreed to give $240,000 in legal fees to Carol Shloss, who in a 2007 settlement, ending years of litigation, won the right to use certain materials in her biography of Joyce's daughter. Schloss was assisted in her legal fight by the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society's Fair Use Project. In a statement, Shloss said: "It's a breakthrough, not just for me but for everybody who has to deal with a literary estate. This has been going on for decades. Scholars are not wealthy people. We don't have easy access to the legal system to determine and vindicate our rights if someone threatens us with a lawsuit." Details about the latest settlement may be found here on the Stanford Web site.

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