The Center for Internet and Society with the Fair Use Project is taking on the Estate of James Joyce in the form of Stephen Joyce, a nortious literary excutor known for limiting scholars' use of the Joyce papers, and even the reading of Joyce's work in public. The complaint, filed on June 12, details not only the current scholar/literary excutor battle, but also others' experiences with the Joyce estate.
Professor Carol Schloss wrote a biography on Lucia Joyce, one of Joyce's kids. She needed the permission of Stephen Joyce to quote from the papers. Joyce threatened legal action if Schloss did not cut significantly some of the primary sources she was using to support her argument. She agreed to cut the materials, but then her argument was made weaker, and that was reflected in reviews of the book that suggested she needed more documentary support for the arguments she was making.
Schloss then made a website containing the cut materials. The Joyce estate was not legally happy, of course. She (with the help of Lessig and CIS) filed for a declaratory judgment that the uses of the primary materials are not infringing, that is they are covered by fair use. This is the first of many fair use cases CIS hopes to support.
The complaint is really interesting, as it documents the tactics of the literary exector and how this affects scholarship.