James Joyce copyright expires 2012

James Joyce passed away in 1941. Under the 1886 Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, the author’s copyright lasted throughout their life and for fifty years thereafter. The Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) of 1998 extended copyright terms in the United States by twenty years, matching the updated European laws now also requiring seventy years.

joyce1.jpgStephen Longstreet (1907-2002), Elliot Paul and James Joyce, 1927. Pen-and-wash drawing on paper. GC088

It is now seventy years after Joyce’s death and the copyright on works produced within his lifetime has expired. A symposium will be held in Dublin this June to rethink Joyce’s writings and the new challenges presented by open access to his work. See: http://www.jamesjoyce2012.ie/index.html. This includes the publication, adaptation, and performance of Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake and his only play, Exiles.

Graphic Arts holds a number of Joyce portraits and caricatures including these (copyright still with the artist):

joyce2.jpgPhotograph labeled: James Joyce at the Brighton Beach Esplanade, no date [ca. 1907]. Gelatin silver print. Graphic Arts GA 2010.01797
joyce3.jpgStephen Longstreet (1907-2002), James Joyce - Trianon at dinner - Paris, 1927. Pen drawing on paper. Graphic Arts GC088