The Irish close “copyright loophole”

The Irish put through legislation that will prevent James Joyce’s grandson, Stephen Joyce, from “suing the government and the National Library over an exhibition which displays 500 pages of Joyce manuscripts bought for €12.6m in 2002.”

[Stephen Joyce] has targeted publishing houses, internet readings and even an Irish composer who requested permission to quote 18 words of Finnegans Wake and received a letter saying: “To put it politely, my wife and I don’t like your music.”

Mr Joyce, now in his 70s, is the writer’s only living descendant. He lives in France and has made considerable sums from suing over copyright infringement and from fees for rights.


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