On Sep 5, 2011, at 3:59 PM, Thomas Levine wrote:
> Can anyone tell me whether Paul is serious?
> On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 6:51 PM, Kevin Driscoll <kevin <at> freeculture.org
>> Just came across a brilliant copyright notice penned by the son of
>> Louis Zukofsky. Among its finer moments is one passage in which he
>> plainly discourages the reader from studying his father's works and
>> another in which he threatens to sue graduate students who do not heed
>> his warning.
>> Can anyone recommend similarly atypical copyright notices?
>> Full text:
>> Copyright Notice by PZ
>> from Paul Zukofsky
>> TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
>> Far too many people, especially perhaps-innocent grad. students, have
>> been misled into thinking that, in terms of quoting LZ or CZ, they may
>> do what they want, and do not have to worry about me. These people are
>> then suddenly faced with the reality of an irascible, recalcitrant
>> MOI, and are confronted with the very real prospect of years of work
>> potentially down the tubes. I therefore wish to post an obvious "do
>> not trespass" sign where LZ aficionados may see it.
>> All Louis and Celia Zukofsky is still copyright, and will remain so
>> for many many years. I own all of these copyrights, and they are my
>> property, and I insist upon deriving income from that property. For
>> those of you convinced that LZ would find my stance abhorrent, the
>> truth is that he kept all copyrights (initially in his name) as he had
>> the rather absurd idea that said copyrights would be sufficient to
>> allow for the economic survival of my mother, and their son. My stance
>> is congruent with that hope.
>> Despite what you may have been told, you may not use LZ’s words as you
>> see fit, as if you owned them, while you hide behind the rubric of
>> “fair use”. “Fair use” is a very-broadly defined doctrine, of which I
>> take a very narrow interpretation, and I expect my views to be
>> respected. We can therefore either more or less amicably work out the
>> fees that I demand; you can remove all quotation; or we can turn the
>> matter over to lawyers, this last solution being the worst of the
>> three, but one which I will use if I need to enforce my rights.
>> In general, as a matter of principle, and for your own well-being, I
>> urge you to not work on Louis Zukofsky, and prefer that you do not.
>> Working on LZ will be far more trouble than it is worth. You will be
>> far more appreciated working on some author whose copyright holder(s)
>> will actually cherish you, and/or your work. I do not, and no one
>> should work under those conditions. However, if you have no choice in
>> the matter, here are the procedures that I insist upon, and what you
>> must do if you wish to spare yourself as much grief as possible.
>> 1-- people who want to do their dissertation on LZ, or want to quote
>> from him in their diss., must, if only as a common courtesy, inform me
>> of their desire to use this material, and obtain my permission to do
>> so. If you do that, and if I agree, the permission will be only for
>> the purposes of the diss. and there will be no charge for limited use
>> within the diss. You will not be allowed to distribute the diss.
>> publicly. Distribution via on-line publication is not allowed. I urge
>> you to keep quotation to a minimum, as the more quotation, the less
>> likely I am to grant permission.
>> 2-- people who quote Louis Zukofsky in their dissertations without
>> having had the courtesy to request my permission, and who do so
>> without having obtained my permission to quote LZ, do not have
>> permission to use LZ quotations, and will, in the future, be refused
>> all permission to quote any and all LZ in their future publications,
>> and I promise to do my utmost to hamper, hinder, and preferably
>> prevent all such quotation.
>> 3-- people who obtain copies of LZ manuscripts, marginalia, etc. etc.
>> such as at UTexas or elsewhere, and who have not first requested and
>> received my permission to have such copies made, will thereafter be
>> refused permission to use any such materials in any of their future
>> publications. Note that fair use is far more restrictive on
>> unpublished material than on already published material.
>> 4-- people who wish to perform LZ or CZ (“A-24”; the “Masque” etc)
>> require performance rights from me. A fee will be charged. People who
>> wish to set LZ to music also require permission to do so.
>> 5-- I forbid so-called electronic "publication". People may not quote
>> LZ in their "blogs".
>> 6-- if you proceed to the point of publishing articles in journals,
>> books etc, or if you publish a book, you must obtain my permission to
>> quote, and fees will be charged. Once again I urge you to quote as
>> little as possible. That will minimize your cost.
>> Final points.
>> I can perhaps understand your misguided interest in literature, music,
>> art, etc. I would be suspicious of your interest in Louis Zukofsky,
>> but might eventually accept it. I can applaud your desire to obtain a
>> job, any job, although why in your chosen so-called profession is
>> quite beyond me; but one line you may not cross i.e. never never ever
>> tell me that your work is to be valued by me because it promotes my
>> father. Doing that will earn my life-long permanent enmity. Your
>> self-interest(s) I may understand, perhaps even agree with; but beyond
>> that, in the words of e.e.cummings quoting Olaf: “there is some s I
>> will not eat”.
>> Next, other than for the following, I am not trying to censor you. I
>> hardly give a damn what is said about my father (I am far more
>> protective of my mother) as long as the name is spelled properly, and
>> the fees are paid. My interest is almost purely economic. That being
>> said, I do not approve of delving into the personal lives of my
>> parents. If you wish to spend your time worrying if LZ did or did not
>> shtupp alligators, that is your problem, but I will not approve
>> quotation. That is not scholarship. That is gossip, and beneath
>> Third, do not lie, or try to dissemble. If I ask for something, and
>> you agree, be certain that you do it. If I find out after the fact
>> that you have not, there will be trouble.
>> Finally, when all else fails, and you remain hell-bent on quoting LZ,
>> but you really, really REALLY do not want to deal with me, or you have
>> been stupidly advised to try to circumvent me -- remind yourself again
>> and again, and yet once more, what Lyndon Baines Johnson’s said about
>> J. Edgar Hoover i.e.: “I’d rather have him inside the tent pissing
>> out, than outside pissing in”.
>> Hong Kong
>> Sept. 17, 2009
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