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Scholarly Work on Joyce’s Copyrights and the Joyce Estate

Arnold, Bruce. The Scandal of “Ulysses”: The Life and Afterlife of a Twentieth-Century Masterpiece. Revised Edition. Dublin: The Liffey Press, 2004.

DiPietro, Cary. “Hamlet, Shakespeare and Stephen Joyce.” In Shakespeare and Modernism. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006.

Rathjen, Friedhelm. “Der Enkel: Stephen Joyce: Best of Worst 6.” Der Ernst des Lesens: Beinharte Forschung zu Arno Schmidt & Consorten. Scheeßel: Edition ReJoyce, 2006. Repr. irland journal  (2003).

Rimmer, Matthew. “Bloomsday: Copyright Estates and Cultural Festivals.” SCRIPT-ed, 2. iii (September 2005). <>

Rose, Danis. “Introduction.” Joyce, James. Ulysses: A New Reader’s Edition. Ed. Rose, Danis. Mousehole, Cornwall: Houyhnhnm Press Ltd., 2004.

Saint-Amour, Paul K. The Copywrights: Intellectual Property and the Literary Imagination. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Shloss, Carol Loeb. “Copyright and the Joyce Estate: Legal Issues, Moral Issues, and Unresolved Issues in the Publication of Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake.” Joyce Studies Annual 2008: 22-33.

—. “Joyce’s Will.” Novel, 21 (1995), 114-27.

—. “Privacy and Piracy in the Joyce Trade: James Joyce and Le Droit Moral.” James Joyce Quarterly, 27 (2000), 447-57.

Spoo, Robert. “Archival Foreclosure: A Scholar’s Lawsuit Against the Estate of James Joyce.” American Archivist 71 (2008):  544-51. [On Shloss v. Sweeney]

—. “Copyright and ‘Design-Around’ Scholarship.” James Joyce Quarterly 44:3. [Review essay discussing issues of modernist copyrights and impact on scholarship]

—. “Copyright and the Ends of Ownership: The Case for a Public-Domain Ulysses in America.” Joyce Studies Annual 1999: 5-62.

—. “Copyright Protectionism and Its Discontents: The Case of James Joyce’s Ulysses in America.” The Yale Law Journal, 108.3 (December 1998), 633-67.

—. “Deluxe Editions and the Copyright Monopoly.” James Joyce Literary Supplement 14 (Spring 2000): 7-8. [Review essay on James Joyce, Ulysses (London: Folio Society, 1998)]

—. “Injuries, Remedies, Moral Rights, and the Public Domain.” James Joyce Quarterly, 37 (2000), 333-51.

—. “Litigating the Right to Be a Scholar.” Joyce Studies Annual 2008: 12-21. [On Shloss v. Sweeney]

—. Litigating the Word: James Joyce in the Courts. Dublin: James Joyce Centre, 2008.

—. “A Rose Is a Rose Is a Roth: New/Old Theories of Legal Liability in the Joyce World.” James Joyce Literary Supplement, 16 (Spring 2002), 3-5.

—. Three Myths for Aging Copyrights: “Tithonus,” “Dorian Gray,” “Ulysses.” National Library of Ireland Monograph Series, Joyce Studies 2004, No. 6 (2004).

—. “Ulysses, Bloomsday, and Copyright.” In “yes I said yes I will Yes”: A Celebration of James Joyce, “Ulysses,” and 100 Years of Bloomsday. Ed. Tully, Nola. New York: Vintage Books, 2004.

—. “The Weight of Intangible Property and its Laws.” James Joyce Literary Supplement, 19 (Spring 2005). [Review essay on Paul K. Saint-Amour, The Copywrights: Intellectual Property and the Literary Imagination (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2003)].

—. “Why Public Performances of James Joyce’s Works Are Not a Thing of the Past.” James Joyce Quarterly, 41.4 (Summer 2004), 619-25.


Judicial Opinions and Related Materials Involving the Joyce Estate

Sweeney v. Nat’l Univ. of Ireland Cork, Trading as Cork University Press, No. 10497P/2000 (Irish High Court, 9 October 2000). Litigation involving the planned inclusion of Joyce extracts in a Cork UP anthology, Irish Writing in the Twentieth Century: A Reader. Court grants injunction in favor of the Joyce Estate.

Sweeney v. Macmillan Publishers Ltd., Case No. CH 1997 S 3257, [2001] EWHC Ch B66 (Chancery, 22 November 2001). Litigation involving Danis Rose’s “Reader’s Edition” of Ulysses. Court grants injunction in favor of the Joyce Estate with respect to one of its copyright claims, but rejects the Estate’s “passing off” claim and finds that Rose’s use of lifetime-published material by Joyce is protected by the UK compulsory license for revived-copyright works.

Carol L. Shloss, Plaintiff, v. Sean Sweeney, et al., Defendants. No. C 06-03718 JW, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division. __F. Supp. 2d__, 2007 WL 2924056. 9 February 2007. 2007.  [Court denies the Joyce Estate’s Motion to Dismiss and most of its Motion to Strike, and discusses copyright misuse and other important issues]

Settlement Agreement, 2007. Non-confidential agreement of 16 March 2007 between the Estate of James Joyce and Carol Loeb Shloss related to her use of copyrighted materials omitted from her biography of Lucia Joyce.

Carol L. Shloss, Plaintiff, v. Sean Sweeney, et al., Defendants. No. C 06-03718 JW. United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division. __F. Supp. 2d__, 2007 WL 1574568. 30 May 2007. 2007. [Court deems Carol Loeb Shloss the “prevailing party” on the basis of the settlement and requires the Joyce Estate to pay Shloss’s reasonable attorneys’ fees]


The Joyce Estate in the Press

James Joyce Quarterly 22:2 (Winter 1985). Letter from Stephen James Joyce re: French productions of Exiles.

James Joyce Quarterly 24:2 (Winter 1987). Stephen James Joyce’s remarks at the 10th JJ Symposium, Copenhagen.

James Joyce Quarterly 24:2 (Winter 1987). Letter from Stephen James Joyce re: JJ’s death mask.

“Letters burnt in Joyce family row.” TLS (June 12, 1988).

James, Caryn. “The Fate of Joyce Family Letters Causes Angry Literary Debate.” New York Times(August 15, 1988).

James Joyce Quarterly 26:3 (Spring 1989). Letter from Stephen James Joyce re: destroying Lucia and Beckett letters.

Smith, Janna Malamud. “Where Does a Writer’s Family Draw the Line?” New York Times (November 5, 1989): Book Review.

Joyce, Stephen James. “The Private Lives of Writers.” New York Times (December 31, 1989).

(1989-90) Kate Bush on “The Sensual World”: <>

“Joyce’s Grandson Says Scholars Invading Family Privacy.” Athens News (July 8-9, 1990).

Joyce, Stephen James. “Sterile debate on ‘Ulysses.’” Independent (London) (July 15, 1990): Letters.

Clarity, James F. “James Joyce Papers Go on Public Display for the First Time.” Times (New York) (April 7, 1992).

James Joyce Quarterly 29:3 (Spring 1992). Letters from Seán Sweeney re: copyright; Stephen James Joyce re: poems and Sur Joyce

Joyce, Stephen James, and Seán Sweeney. “Re-publishing James Joyce.” TLS (February 19, 1993).

James Joyce Quarterly 30:2 (Winter 1993). Letter from Stephen James Joyce and statement by him re: 1992 NLI Léon papers.

Hellen, Nicholas and John Davison. “Millions at stake in copyright row over top authors.” Sunday Times  (London) (September 25, 1994).

Bédarida, Catherine. “Stephen James Joyce, petit-fils de l’écrivain: ‘Il existe une véritable industrie James Joyce'” [“Stephen James Joyce, grandson of the writer: ‘A veritable James Joyce industry exists'”]. Le Monde (March 22, 1995).

Turkish Daily News (August 5, 1997). Article on the Turkish translation of Ulysses.

Joyce, Stephen James. “Preface” to Folio Society facsimile of 1926 Ulysses (1998).

1999? Notice written and signed by Stephen James Joyce and Seán Sweeney re: “abuse” of death mask.

Joyce, Stephen James. “Editions of Ulysses.” TLS (November 5, 1999).

Carty, Peter. “Never on a Bloomsday.” Independent (London) (January 12, 2000).

Thorpe, Vanessa. “Family Upset at ‘Joyce the foul-mouth.’” Guardian (May 7, 2000).

Ruane, Medb. “The war of words over Joyce’s literary legacy.” Irish Times (June 10, 2000).

Joyce, Stephen James. “Home Is Where the Art Is.” International Herald Tribune (June 27, 2000).

Thorpe, Vanessa. “Joyce bans Molly’s musical climax.” Observer (London) (July 30, 2000).

Bruce, Iain S. “Joyce grandson fury over Fringe musical filth.” Sunday Herald (July 30, 2000).

Adams, Lucy. “Joyce grandson in battle to ban Ulysses in musical.” Sunday Times (Dublin ed.) (July 30, 2000).

“Hearing on Joyce excerpts resumes.” Irish Times (October 3, 2000).

“The Copyright Squabble that Could Cost £92,000.” Books Ireland (November 2000).

Killeen, Terence. “Copyright row over Joyce experts.” Irish Times (February 1, 2001).

“Why Joyce Is Out of the Big Picture.” Sunday Independent (February 18, 2001).

Doran, Amanda-Jane. “Joyce Estate, Irish UP Battle Over Permissions Fees.” Publishers Weekly (April 23, 2001).

Burns, John. “Estate wins damages for Ulysses internet broadcast.” Sunday Times (Dublin ed.) (July 15, 2001).

Burns, John. “Joyce grandson challenges sale.” Sunday Times (Dublin ed.) (February 9, 2003).

“The Joycean Wars.” Sunday Tribune (July 20, 2003).

O’Connell, Jennifer. “Joyce died leaving estate worth just €10.” Sunday Business Post (Dublin) (October 5, 2003).

O’Connell, Jennifer. “Joyce’s will cleared: family is €10 better off.” Sunday Business Post (Dublin) (October 5, 2003).

Smith, Dinitia. “A Portrait of the Artist’s Troubled Daughter.” Times (New York) (November 22, 2003).

Acocella, Joan. “A Fire in the Brain: The Difficulties of Being James Joyce’s Daughter.” The New Yorker (December 8, 2003). <>

“Joyce-Stadt Zürich!: Joyce-Enkel wehrt sich gegen den Rummel zum 100. Bloomsday in Irland” [“Joyce-City of Zürich!: Joyce Grandson Rails Against Shindig for 100th Bloomsday in Ireland”] Neue Zürcher Zeitung (February 3, 2004).

Smyth, Jamie. “Joyce estate warns festival over copyright issues.” Irish Times (February 9, 2004).

“An Irishman’s Diary.” Irish Times (February 11, 2004).

“Profile: Stephen Joyce: Protective grandson who refuses to ReJoyce.” Sunday Times (Dublin ed.) (February 15, 2004).

Byrne, Nicola. “Joyce grandson threatens to ban readings at festival.” Scotsman (February 15, 2004).

Killeen, Terence. “A Light Eclipsed: The Claims a New Biography Makes for Joyce’s Daughter Are Too Great.” Irish Times (February 28, 2004), 59.

Pepper, Tara. “Portrait of the Daughter: Two works seek to reclaim the legacy of Lucia Joyce.”  Newsweek International Edition ( (March 8, 2004). <>

“Irish emergency law re: NLI exhibit.” Irish Times (May 27, 2004).

Collins, Geraldine. “Dail agrees amendment on Joyce work copyright.” Irish Independent (June 3, 2004).

“James Joyce and Irish Copyright Legislation.” A&L Goodbody Legal News & Publications (June 3, 2004).

“Joyce estate loses wine battle.” Sunday Times (Dublin ed.) (June 6, 2004).

“No, he says, No No No; Bloom buffs take drastic and imaginative measures to circumvent litigious Joyce Estate.” Sunday Tribune (June 6, 2004).

“James Joyce and the Latest Copyright Twist.” Irish Independent (June 12, 2004).

Connolly, Niamh. “Joyce vs. Joyce.” Sunday Business Post (Dublin) (June 13, 2004).

“Literary Copyright & The Estate of James Joyce.” Ramona Koval interviews Damien Carrick, Francis Devlin-Glass, Lyn Gallacher, Brendan Kilty, Carol Shloss, and others on “Books and Writing,” Australian Radio National (September 12, 2004). Transcript at <>

“US Academic Sues Joyce Estate Over Refusal to Allow Use of Material on Website.” Irish Times (June 14, 2006), 15.

Gumbel, Andrew. “Joyce’s ‘repressive, secretic, obstructive’ Grandson to Be Sued: Ulysses Author’s Descendant Accused of Violating Copyright Law in Restricting Academics’ Access to Letters and Documents.” Independent (London) (June 18, 2006), 41.

Gumbel, Andrew. “US Scholar in Copyright Suit Against James Joyce’s Grandson.” Sunday Tribune  (Ireland) (June 18, 2006), N07.

Max, D. T. “The Injustice Collector: Is James Joyce’s Grandson Suppressing Scholarship?” New Yorker82, xviii (June 19, 2006): 34-43. <>

Foster, Andrea L. “Lawsuit Over James Joyce Web Site May Clarify Copyright’s Fair-Use Exemption.”  Chronicle of Higher Education 52, xlii (June 23, 2006), A39.

Wyndham, Susan. “Undercover.” Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (June 24, 2006), 30.

Naughton, John. “Joyce and Copyright: A Nightmare from Which Publishers Are Now Trying to Awake.”  Observer (London) (June 25, 2006). Business, 10.

Neuman, Clayton. “The People vs. James Joyce.” Time Magazine (June 26 2006), 18.

Killeen, Terence. “A Tangled Web of Joyceans.” The Irish Times (July 3, 2006), 12.

Ross, Val. “The Bloomsday Group’s Battle: James Joyce’s Grandson Has Intimidated Legions of Scholars in Copyright Skirmishes.” Globe and Mail (July 8, 2006), Weekend Review 1, 9. (Also titled “At War with the Joyce Estate.”) <>

Butler, Susan. “James Joyce Suit May Change Copyright Law.” Billboard (July 15, 2006), 13.

Krieger, Lisa M. “Copyright Suit Challenges What’s Public vs. Private.” San Jose Mercury News (July 31, 2006).

Watts, James D., Jr. “Bludgeoning Scholars into Silence.” Tulsa World (Oklahoma) (August 6, 2006), Books, H7.

“Copyright Abuse.” The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA) (August 7, 2006), Editorial, B06.

Malvern, Jack. “Show Goes On as Quirk of Law Foils Joyce’s Grandson.” Times (London) (August 11, 2006), Home News, 29.

Oberthur, Anna. “James Joyce Inspires Literary and Legal Career.” San Francisco Daily Journal (November 1, 2006), 1, 6.

“English Professor Raises Copyright Misuse in Complaint Against Estate of James Joyce.” Tech Law Journal Daily E-Mail Alert, No. 1405 (July 6, 2006). <>

“Deal Lets Joyce Scholar Publish.” Daily Journal (March 23, 2007).

“Scholar Who Sued James Joyce’s Estate Wins Right to Quote Works in Settlement Agreement.”  International Herald Tribune (March 24, 2007).

Leff, Lisa. “Scholar Wins Right to Quote James Joyce.” Forbes; Newsday (March 24, 2007).

Simmons, Leslie. “James Joyce Copyright Case Settled in California.” Washington Post; Reuters/ Hollywood Reporter (March 24, 2007).

“Joyce Copyright Fight Settled.” Calgary Sun (Alberta) (March 25, 2007), 46.

“Stanford Wins Rare Copyright Concession from Joyce Estate.” San Jose Mercury News (March 25, 2007).

“Joyce Letters Court Case Settled.” BBC News (March 25, 2007).

“Scholar Who Sued James Joyce’s Estate Wins Right to Quote Works in Settlement Agreement.”  Boston Herald (March 25, 2007).

“Scholar, Author’s Estate Put ‘Wake’ Lawsuit to Rest.” Desert Morning News (Salt Lake City) (March 25, 2007).

“Epic Battle Ends Between James Joyce Estate, Professor.” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (March 25, 2007).

“James Joyce Scholar, in Deal with Author’s Estate, Wins Right to Use Copyrighted Works.” Chronicle of Higher Education (March 26, 2007).

Olson, David. Interviewed on Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio’s “As It Happens” (March 26,2007).

“The Mystery of the Muse: Anna Livia Plurabelle Uncovered.” Independent (London) (March 27, 2007), 16; The Belfast Telegraph, 15.

Kelly, John. “Joyce Book Battle.” Sunday Mirror (April 1, 2007), 34.

Cavanaugh, Tim. “Portrait of the Old Man as a Copyright Miser.” Los Angeles Times, Opinion Daily, June 5, 2007. <,0,2402066.story?coll=la-opinion-center>

Bringardner, John. “Portrait of the Scholar as an IP Ace.” IP Law & Business (October 2006): 64-66.

Bringardner, John. “Joycean Law.” IP Magazine (Winter 2007): 12-13.

Ewalt, David M. “Craig Venter’s Genetic Typo.” Forbes (March 14, 2011). <>

Zimmer, Carl. “Copyright Law Meets Synthetic Life Meets James Joyce.” Discover blog (March 15, 2011). <>

Max, D. T. “Kate Bush’s Rewrite: Reason to Rejoyce?” New Yorker blog (April 11, 2011). <>

Conde, Miguel. “Joyce em domínio público.” O Globo (September 24, 2011). <>

“Copyright lifted on work of ‘Ulysses’ author James Joyce. BBC News (January 1, 2012). <>

Kellogg, Carolyn. “James Joyce Moves into the Public Domain.” Los Angeles Times (January 12, 2012). <>

O’Connell, Mark. “Has James Joyce Been Set Free?” New Yorker blog (January 11, 2012). <>

Butler, Sarah Funke. “Document: Happy Birthday, James Joyce.” Paris Review daily (February 2, 2012). <>

Flood, Alison. “James Joyce children’s story ‘The Cats of Copenhagen’ gets first publication.” The Guardian (February 9, 2012). <>

Updated April 2012