from Paul Zukofsky
TO WHOM IT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 contempt.
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.
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”.