[Fsfe-ie] Copyright Developments
jm at jmason.org
Sat Jun 19 22:39:06 CEST 2004
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I get the impression it was worse than that, actually -- that the Irish
govt collection of Joyce memorabilia, original manuscripts etc., were OK
to display in exhibition, even with the Joyce estate owning copyright on
them, under the pre-2000 legislation.
However, the Copyright Act of 2000 increased copyright-holders' powers, so
that they gained extra rights -- including blocking the display of these
artifacts that the government supposedly *owned*.
teresahackett at eircom.net writes:
> That's right. The material would be out of copyright if we still had
> 50yrs, but the 70yrs means it's still in force. According to the press,
> in previous years, RTE had to cancel Joyce readings and the Abbey
> Theatre had to cancel a performance for the same reason. We can only use
> it to strengthen our case.
> > 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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