IP Comics

“By day a film maker… by night she fights for Fair Use!”

This is ‘Bound By Law’, a new comic book by the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University. It is drawn by Keith Aoki and written by James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins. In the comic, our heroine Kaiko fights the “Rights Monster” and learns about copyright and fair use.

The comic is designed to appeal to documentary filmmakers and help them to navigate copyright law and fair use doctrine in the United States in easy to use snippets. Boiling down complex jurisprudential issues in three lines. It sounds like a challenge!

I would like to see something like this in the UK, but picking an adequate topic would be tricky. Software patents perhaps? Tobby the Patent Troll versus the valiant Armoured Penguins? Big Blue and Big Mic attack the EPO Fortress?

I guess that Marvel Comics won’t be knocking on my door anytime soon.

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