“Image” copyright

Concerning the rights of scholars to quote from personal letters:

Ms Schloss’s book, Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake, says she was Joyce’s muse in his last novel Finnegan’s Wake.

To support her theory, the Stanford University scholar made use of Lucia’s medical records, European archives containing records on her life and James Joyce’s papers in university collections.

But the estate said she would be infringing its copyright on Joyce’s image, and several citations were cut from her book to avoid legal action.

Do we have “copyright” over anything that might make us look bad?

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