Those antic law professors who gave us Bound by Law – a glorious superhero-comic treatment of the fair use doctrine in filmmaking -- are at it again! Forget DC Comics. I want my IP Comics! Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins are apparently out to build a franchise by translating the arcane monstrosities of copyright law into clever, hilarious and downright educational comic books.
Their latest offering, due out in the spring or summer of 2011, is Theft! A History of Music -- Musical Borrowing from Plato to Hip-Hop. Aoki, a professor of law at the UC-Davis School of Law, is the graphic artist for the comic book. Boyle and Jenkins -- both professors at Duke Law School – researched, wrote and designed it. Boyle is the former Chairman of Creative Commons and co-founder of its spinoff project, Science Commons. Jenkins heads the Center for the Study of the Public Domain.