Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Another James Joyce Copyright Case

Many people will be aware of cases concerning copyright in James Joyce's works such as
Sweeney v. NUI Cork T/A Cork University Press [2000] IEHC 70 and Sweeney v. MacMillan Publishers [2001] EWHC Ch 460.
In 2004, a brief amendment to the Copyright legislation was passed due to concerns about possible litigation concerning Joyce's works. See the Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act 2004 and Matthew Rimmer, "Bloomsday: Copyright Estates and Cultural Festivals", (2005) 2:3 SCRIPT-ed 345.

Lawrence Lessig now reports that a case filed in the Californian courts concerning James Joyce's works has been settled, with the academic author, Professor Carol Shloss, being enabled to publish a supplement to her book on Lucia Joyce. The supplement may be published in print form within the United States and in electronic form "accessible only within the United States to computers with a U.S. Internet Protocol (I.P.) address." So we Europeans will have to hop on an Aer Lingus flight if we want to look at the site. For those of you currently in the U.S.A., go to

See also:
'An Important Victory For Carol Shloss, Scholarship And Fair Use'

Settlement Agreement

Press Release from Stanford University

Court Action re Constituency Boundaries

TDs take court case over boundary figures disparity

Two Independent TDs have initiated a legal challenge to the constitutionality of holding the general election on the basis of the current constituencies, given the huge disparities in population revealed by the census figures.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

New IrishLaw Update Published

A new IrishLaw Update has been published and is available at

This includes a list of forthocoming events such as the following:

Tue.24 Apr.'07: Competition and the Legal Profession - Irish Centre for European Law Conference, Dublin

Wed. 25 Apr.'07 - Personal Injury Claims: A Review of Recent Developments - Law Society seminar, Dublin

Thu.26 Apr.'07: Law and the Environment 2007 - Fifth Annual Conference for Environmental Professionals, Faculty of Law, University College Cork

Thu.26 Apr.'07: Evidence in Early Irish Law: What do the Documents Tell Us? - Lecture by Professor Fergus Kelly - Sixteenth Hugh M. Fitzpatrick Lecture in Legal Bibliography - Dublin

Mon.30 Apr.'07: Bi-lingualism in the Courts and in Legislation - Bar Council CPD Seminar, Dublin. This CPD event is of interest to legal practitioners with an interest in the Irish language.Attendance is open and free of charge. Taking place in the Morrison hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 at 4.30 pm

Wed.2 May'07: "What's wrong with the European Convention on Human Rights?" - Professor Steven Greer - Belfast

Thu.3 May '07: Postgraduate Conference on Criminal Justice and Human Rights - Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University College Cork

Fri.-Sun.4-6 May'07: Law and Politics A Contemporary and Brehon Perspective - Burren Law School 2007, Clare

Thu.10 May'07: The Protection of Human Rights in the War on Terror - Human Rights Lecture by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC - Law Society Third Annual Human Rights Lecture, Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin http://www.lawsociety.ie - see Forthcoming Events
Attendance is free, but prior booking is recommended. Please contact a.moore@lawsociety.ie to register.

Tue.15 May'07: Public Lecture by Professor Richard Fallon, Harvard Law School entitled 'Reflections on the Morality and Legality of Coercive Interrogation by the US' - Harvard Law School Association of Ireland in association with School of Law Trinity College Dublin. Trinity College Dublin, Room 21.
Lecture begins at 6.30pm. Professor Fallon is a leading scholar on US constitutional law.

Tue.15 May'07 - Competition Law : Key Issues for the General Practitioner - Law Society seminar, Dublin

Thu.17 May'07 - Mergers, Acquisitions and Disposals of Irish Legal Practices in a Changing Market - Law Society seminar, Dublin

Fri.18 May '07: Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners Annual Conference 2007

Wed.23 May '07: Annual Family Law Conference - Law Society event, Clontarf, Dublin

Fri.29 Jun'07: Annual Criminal Conference, Faculty of Law, UCC, Cork

Wed.18 Jul.'07: Public Consultation on Law Reform Commission's Third Programme of Law Reform - Dublin Castle

9 July- 3 August '07: E Law Summer Institute - University College Cork Law Faculty