Finally, here comes everybody

The tight grip that the James Joyce estate has had on the author's work ends today, leaving everything from Dubliners to Finnegans Wake up for grabs, writes Nadine O'Regan.

1st January, 2012
Finally, here comes everybody
James Joyce: the copyright on his works published in his lifetime expires today. Photo: Hulton Archive

Seventy years after the death of James Joyce, the copyright on the writer's works published in his lifetime expires today. This should be the beginning of an exciting new age for Joyce scholars and enthusiasts.

"There will be a new era of activity," said Robert Spoo, a leading US-based copyright lawyer, academic and authority on Joyce. "All the works that were published during Joyce's lifetime will be available in Ireland, and many of the EU...

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