James Boyle

Visiting Professor of Law

Fall 2019

Areeda 526

617-495-4659

Assistant: Jonathan Donais / 617-496-2054

Biography

James Boyle is William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke Law School and founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain. He has written a distressing number of articles and books on intellectual property, internet regulation, legal theory and legal argument. His other books include two graphic novels: Bound By Law, on fair use and the permissions culture in intellectual property, and Theft: A History of Music, a 2000 year long history of musical borrowing from Plato to rap. Professor Boyle was one of the founding Board Members of Creative Commons. He has been awarded the Donald McGannon Award for communications policy, a World Technology Network Award for Law and the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for his work on the public domain and the second enclosure movement that threatens it.

Areas of Interest

James Boyle, Is the Internet Over?!: (Again), 20 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. (forthcoming 2019).
Categories:
Technology & Law
Sub-Categories:
Cyberlaw
,
Networked Society
Type: Article
James Boyle & Jennifer Jenkins, Theft! A History of Music (2017).
Categories:
Property Law
,
Technology & Law
,
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
Sub-Categories:
Arts & Entertainment Law
,
Intellectual Property - Copyright
,
Networked Society
,
Intellectual Property Law
,
Information Commons
,
Digital Property
Type: Book
Abstract
Theft! A History of Music is a graphic novel laying out a 2000-year long history of musical borrowing from Plato to rap.
James Boyle, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (2008).
Categories:
Technology & Law
,
Property Law
Sub-Categories:
Intellectual Property - Copyright
,
Information Commons
,
Intellectual Property Law
,
Networked Society
Type: Book
Abstract
In this enlightening book James Boyle describes what he calls the range wars of the information age―today’s heated battles over intellectual property. Boyle argues that just as every informed citizen needs to know at least something about the environment or civil rights, every citizen should also understand intellectual property law. Why? Because intellectual property rights mark out the ground rules of the information society, and today’s policies are unbalanced, unsupported by evidence, and often detrimental to cultural access, free speech, digital creativity, and scientific innovation. Boyle identifies as a major problem the widespread failure to understand the importance of the public domain―the realm of material that everyone is free to use and share without permission or fee. The public domain is as vital to innovation and culture as the realm of material protected by intellectual property rights, he asserts, and he calls for a movement akin to the environmental movement to preserve it. With a clear analysis of issues ranging from Jefferson’s philosophy of innovation to musical sampling, synthetic biology and Internet file sharing, this timely book brings a positive new perspective to important cultural and legal debates. If we continue to enclose the “commons of the mind,” Boyle argues, we will all be the poorer.

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Areeda 526

617-495-4659

Assistant: Jonathan Donais / 617-496-2054