[Fsfe-ie] Copyright Developments

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Sat Jun 19 22:07:01 CEST 2004

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teresahackett at eircom.net writes:
> BTW, according to the press, the other amendment to the copyright right
> (below) results from a threat by the estate of James Joyce to a big
> exhibition just opened by the National Library of Ireland to celebrate
> Bloomsday. 
> "Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act 2004 The Copyright and
> Related Rights (Amendment) Act 2004 amends Section 40 of the Copyright
> and Related Rights Act 2000 to provide that, for the avoidance of doubt,
> no infringement of any right created by the relevant Part in relation to
> an artistic or literary work occurs by reason of the placing on display
> the work, or a copy thereof, in a place or premises to which members of
> the public have access."

Yep, that sounds like it was pretty hilarious.  I blogged (ugh) it at
http://taint.org/2004/06/16/233425a.html as follows:

  Reportedly, the Dail even had to pass emergency legislation last week to
  prevent an exhibition at Dublin's National Library from being sued by
  the Joyce Estate:

      The threat to the exhibition has been caused by the 2000 Copyright
      Act which creates a doubt about its ability to display manuscripts
      bought by the State because the Joyce estate still holds copyright. 

  Hilarious. Recent overzealous copyright extension legislation snares
  governments too! But they get to rewrite the laws in emergency session
  to fix it ;)

- --j.
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