No joy for Joyce scholar
Stanford professor Carol Shloss is suing the estate of James Joyce in the US under copyright laws, according to the Contra Costa Times. Shloss, a Joyce scholar, wishes to use copyright material on her Joyce-related website and argues that the Joyce estate has abused copyright in order to prevent her from providing scholarly comment on Joyce and his work. She is also arguing that the trustees of the Joyce estate have destroyed materials in their care.
While the IPKat thinks that it’s highly unfortunate if Joycean papers have been destroyed, he can’t see what copyright law could do to stop this. The copyright defences allow defendants to escape infringement actions, they do not give a positive right to access physical materials which are protected by copyright.
Coming up in the Registry
The IPKat has spotted hearings involving oppositions to the registration of the following marks in the UK Trade Marks Registry:
* Have a Break
* Wheels ‘R’ Us
* Small Claims R Us
Full hearings diary here
Thursday, 15 June 2006
Posted by Ilanah at 12:27:00 a.m.