Colleges Should Protect Humanists in Fair-Use Cases

Colleges Should Protect Humanities Scholars in Fair-Use Cases 1

Tim Foley for The Chronicle Review

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Tim Foley for The Chronicle Review

Did you see the news item that a Stanford professor had won a six-figure settlement from the James Joyce estate? That was me.

I am happy about the outcome of the lawsuit, but I'm also concerned for other humanities scholars working on projects that might leave them exposed to the same kinds of legal pressures and risks that I faced, risks that their colleges usually don't cover.

To make a labyrinthine saga short, in September I won $240,000 from the Joyce estate to cover legal