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JJQ’s offices have reopened today and we are delighted to ring in this new year with the news that the copyright restrictions on Joyce’s major published works have been lifted in Europe. This means not only that new editions can now be freely published (several are already in the works), but that artists will be free to adapt and perform the texts. Here’s a short segment from RTE on the end of the restrictions as well as an article from the Irish Times.
We will do our best to record and review the events that will accompany the freeing of Joyce’s works from copyright throughout the year. Please feel free to write us with any news you might have. Meanwhile, we here in the United States will look on somewhat jealously since copyright restrictions introduced by the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 mean that the 1934 Ulysses will remain protected until 2030. It looks like once again Americans in Paris might well find themselves smuggling copies of Ulysses (in all its new forms) back home!
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