Spoo Presents Series of James Joyce Talks in Dublin

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Spoo lectureTU College of Law Professor Robert Spoo gave five presentations at the XXIII International James Joyce Symposium, sponsored by Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.

The series included his opening plenary lecture, “The Public Domains: Copyright After Copyright”; a paper, “Without Copyright: Joyce and the Courtesy of the Trade,” at a panel entitled Intellectual Property in Joyce From Copyright to Branding and Beyond; remarks at a roundtable entitled “The Scandal of Ulysses”; remarks as legal respondent at the panel, The Copycats of Copenhagen: Issues and Consequences; and a presentation at the roundtable, “Returning to the Unpublished Letters.”  

Spoo spoke about copyright issues on June 13 on Irish RTE Radio 1’s Arts Tonight program, devoted to Ulysses.  He was also quoted extensively in a PBS NewsHour piece, “With Expiration of 'Ulysses' Copyright, Bloomsday Celebrations Bloom,” on June 15.

The Chapman Distinguished Chair in Law at TU, Spoo recently finalized a contract with Oxford University Press to publish his next book, Modernism and the American Public Domain. Last spring, he delivered a lecture at TU Law discussing the literary significance of James Joyce’s unpublished letters, the challenges posed by the editing project, and the opportunities and difficulties created by copyright law in the United States and other countries.

Shari Erwin