iOS app Android app

James Boyle
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. In 2003 he won the World Technology Network Award for Law for his work on the public domain and the 'second enclosure movement' that threatens it. In 2010 he was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award. He is the author of Shamans, Software and Spleens: Law and the Construction of the Information Society, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind, and the editor of Critical Legal Studies, Collected Papers on the Public Domain and Cultural Environmentalism @ 10 (with Larry Lessig.) His other books include Bound By Law, a co-authored comic book about the effects of intellectual property on documentary film, and The Shakespeare Chronicles, a novel. Apart from his articles at The Huffington Post he also writes shorter, 140 character observations as thepublicdomain on Twitter.

Boyle was one of the original Board Members of Creative Commons, which works to facilitate the free availability of art, scholarship, and cultural materials by developing innovative, machine-readable licenses that individuals and institutions can use to share their work. Boyle served as a board member from 2002 until 2009, the last year as Chairman of the Board. He was also a co-founder of Science Commons, which aimed to expand the Creative Commons mission into the realm of scientific and technical data.

Entries by James Boyle

We Need to Start Seeing Other Futures...

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Today is the second day of "Copyright Week!" Talk about a lede. That sentence has all the inherent excitement of "Periodontal Health Awareness Week" or "'Hug Your Proctologist! No, After He's Washed His Hands' Week." And that's a shame. Copyright Week is a week devoted to our relationship...

Read Post

(EM)I Has a Dream

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 8:46 AM

August 28th, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The copyright in the speech is administered by EMI, with the consent of the King family. Thus the speech may not be freely played on video or reproduced and costlessly distributed across the nation...

Read Post

The Prosecution of Aaron Swartz: A Reply to Orin Kerr

(34) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 9:11 PM

Aaron Swartz committed suicide last week. He was 26, a genius and my friend. Not a really good friend, but someone I had worked with off and on for 11 years, liked a lot, had laughed with frequently, occasionally shaken my head over and deeply admired. When I first met...

Read Post

Public by Sufferance Alone: The Worst of 2012

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 7:51 AM

2012 is over. Those of us who study law can understand why y'all would be more focused on remarkable legal events from the past 12 months such as Chief Justice Roberts trying to reinvent himself as a statesman who -- commendably -- cast the decisive vote to uphold Obamacare, albeit...

Read Post

Is Google Naive, Crafty or Stupid?

(54) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 12:54 PM

After much fulmination in newspapers and in the blogosphere, on Monday Google and Verizon announced a proposed "legislative framework" to "preserve the open internet." The announcement was greeted with enormous interest because it had been alleged that Google was preparing to make a deal that would compromise its longstanding commitment...

Read Post