The hardness of virtue
or the softness of corruption?
Can you freely use the literary production of Violet Trefusis?
No. The literary production of Violet Trefusis is under copyright as it is not yet 70 years since the death of
the writer. Therefore, for any use it is necessary to ask for permission with a detailed application to Tiziana
Masucci, who owns all the rights of exploitation (for any languages and for the whole world) and will
evaluate, also with her lawyers, the validity of the application.
Are the letters copyrighted?
Yes. The letters are also protected by copyright. Misuse of the letters is deemed copyright infringement; the same applies to the literary works: without the authorization of the entitled party, (Tiziana Masucci) no part (total, partial, excerpt, quotation) can be used.
What is the fair use?
Copying, quoting and extracting material from works under copyright is in fact an abuse, whether for profit or for alleged scientific and cultural promotion. Improper use of the work of others remains, in any case, unacceptable, and even more so if the use adds nothing to literary knowledge, but rather distorts it in an unprofessional context.
Violet Trefusis on Internet: what to do?
Wikipedia, unauthorized blogs, pages in Facebook on Violet Trefusis and fake profiles in her name are to be considered unreliable sources – in any languages – because they convey through a mechanism of “cut and paste” errors and serious inaccuracies contained, in turn, in some publications (pseudo biographies, memoirs, etc.) based on gossip, misleading interpretations and all too often monothematic. Such books, published mainly in English have, since 1973 after Violet Trefusis’death, appealed to the curiosity of a certain type of audience, exploiting gossip to their own economic advantage: not only have they betrayed the memory of Violet Trefusis, but they have committed and continue to commit veritable abuse. The same applies to the literary production republished from 1976 to 2005 with inaccurate introductions, wild theories that with the novels of Violet Trefusis has nothing to do with. As the curator and scholar of Violet Trefusis, I have deemed it opportune to create the website www.violettrefusis.com, which constitutes official reference for promotion and correct knowledge of Violet Trefusis, based on original documentation and rigorous research.