On the rape of James Joyce by his grandson

Copyright is the right of an heir to destroy our culture. Don’t agree with that? Well, how about if I rephrase this to “inheritance gives an heir the control over an author’s estate, and copyright gives the author control over the works he created”?

According to The Injustice Collector, an article in The New-Yorker of June 12, James Joyce’s grandson Stephen has repeatedly suggested that he would destroy some original James Joyce works. Even if it could be argued that unpublished works are not yet property of the public (after all, that’s what unpublished means: not yet made public), there are many reasons to assume why such a feat would be equally disastrous for published manuscripts. I won’t go into these, as I already talked about them here (PDF). This entry is just about collecting evidence.

(Via mr. Flemming.)

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