Bound by Law? Tales from the Public Domain

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Bound by Law?: Tales from the Public Domain
The cover of the comic book "Bound by Law?: Tales from the Public Domain"
Bound by Law?: Tales from the Public Domain cover
Publication information
PublisherDuke University Press
GenreNon-fiction comics
No. of issues1
Creative team
Written byKeith Aoki
James Boyle
Jennifer Jenkins

Bound by Law?: Tales from the Public Domain is a comic book about intellectual property law and the public domain published in 2008 by Duke University Press.[1] Written by Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins and supported by the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at the Duke Law School, the book was first released in a free digital edition under a Creative Commons license in 2006.[2] The 2008 edition has an introduction by Cory Doctorow and a foreword by Davis Guggenheim.[3]

The comic was widely reviewed, as an editor's pick by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries[4] and by the Michigan Law Review[5] among others.[6][7]

The comic follows a fictional filmmaker named Akiko who struggles with the practicalities of applying the fair use doctrine while making a documentary film. The book is "illustrated with a mix of hand-drawn artwork and collages of pop culture images".[8]

The book has also been used as a resource for educators, recommended by the National Writing Project[9] and used by workshops at the Ohio State University.[10]


  1. ^ Bound by law?: tales from the public domain, by Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins ISBN 9780822344186
  2. ^ Battling the Copyright Monster Archived December 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine by Fiona Morgan, Wired, June 19, 2006
  3. ^ Bound By Law: the "Understanding Comics" of copyright, in a new edition" by Cory Doctorow Oct 24, 2008 Boing Boing
  4. ^ Review by P. J. Galie, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, v.46, no. 10, June 2009.
  5. ^ "By Night She Fought For Fair Use”: Restoring The Integrity Of Copyright Law, One Comic-Book Reader At A Time Archived October 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine by Jessica Sawyer Wang
  6. ^ Easy-to-access information in a graphic novel format! by Michele Gorman, Teacher Librarian, April 1, 2007
  7. ^ Review by TJ McIntyre in Scope, an online journal of film & TV studies
  8. ^ Fun with Copyright by George H.Pike, Information Today, September 1, 2008
  9. ^ Addressing Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, National Writing Project
  10. ^ Digital Media and Composition Institute May 2013 Archived October 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine

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