Carol Shloss and Fair Use Project FTW

From the Stanford Report:

The Stanford scholar who wrote a controversial biography of James Joyce’s daughter has settled her claims for attorneys’ fees against the Joyce Estate for $240,000. The settlement successfully ends a tangled saga that has continued for two decades.

In this video, Shloss describes the settlement as both a “vindication of my scholarship”, and a “winning combination” of patient, traditional scholarship; creative lawyering; and cutting edge technology:

The Supplemental material to Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake site really does represent an innovative and effective way of presenting supporting evidence.

If I understand the history of the case correctly, the creation of the supplemental materials site was first made necessary when the Joyce estate forced her publisher to eliminate significant amounts of supporting materials from her book. Not surprisingly, some reviews of the book criticized the work as speculative and lacking in supporting evidence. Shloss responded by publishing the supplemental materials online, for U.S. access only, claiming Fair Use. The Joyce Estate responded with threatening letters, and Shloss responded with help from the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Shloss and Fair Use prevailed, both in the sense of giving scholars a victory and some clout in asserting Fair Use, and in the sense of motivating the creation of a very cool online site of supplemental materials.

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