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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bound by Law - Graphic Novel about Copyright Laws


"Wonderful, funny… clever. I keep a copy in my desk." -Davis Guggenheim, Oscar-winning director of the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth"


"Bound by Law" - by Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins - Tales from the Public Domain

While waiting for the copyright issues to be worked out on Kevin Brownlow's The Hollywood Series, you should read this creative graphic novel about copyright laws called "Bound By Law."

Created by cartoonist and law professor, Keith Aoki, law professor James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins, this 75 plus page book "translates law into plain English and abstract ideas into ‘visual metaphors", "while learning copyright law basics, including the line between fair use and copyright infringement.” Many examples are used from real situations faced by documentary filmmakers.

Available in book form or on-line to read or download, it is important and informative reading, especially for documentary filmmakers.

Listen to this special NPR interview with James Boyle about the comic and fair use laws. more>

Digital Versions Also Available. more>

Update April 22, 2007 - Here is another informative site from Stanford University Libraries about Copyright and Fair Use. more>

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