Thursday, 19 January 2012

Revived copyright suddenly becomes less of a problem

Every New Year's Day, copyright stops protecting works whose author died during the year seventy years earlier. This year, one of those authors affected by the rule - whose works (the published ones, at least) now fall into what is loosely called the public domain, is James Joyce, and this brings to an end a particularly unfortunate episode in the history of literary copyright. This article in the New Yorker by Mark O'Connell explains, and it's well worth the time of anyone interested in copyright to read it.

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