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First off today, Shane Harrison at the BBC writes that, even though the works of James Joyce, including Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, lapsed into the public domain this year, that there is still a copyright war brewing over his work. Danis Rose recently published several editions of manuscripts by Joyce in editions priced up to 250 euros ($330). The National Library of Ireland responded by announcing plans to publish them for free online. However, according to Rose, “In the EU there is a provision in law that the first to publish previously unpublished material entering the public domain acquires economic rights equivalent to copyright for a period of twenty five (25) years”. The library responded by saying that the plans to publish the manuscripts has been underway for some time and it plans to move forward despite the threats from Rose.
Next up today, China Daily is reporting that draft copyright legislation in China is upsetting may in the music industry there. The legislation, which was made available for public content, would authorize musicians to use the works of other artists once those works have been published for longer than 3 months and provided that they pay a “fair compensation”. Though such an element is already in Chinese copyright law, this draft removes a requirement to stop such use if there is an explicit statement against it. The administration is expected to respond to public comments later this month.
Finally today, Righthaven, famous for filing no-warning lawsuits against sites that used content from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post, has had yet another one of its appeals denied. This one, appealing a verdict in favor of former defendant Michael J. Nelson, was denied because Righthaven missed a deadline to file an opening brief. Righthaven, though initially victorious in many of its cases, was rocked by a series of legal defeats that have now resulted in most of its assets being seized, including its domain and has largely stopped litigating its cases.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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