Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.
Fellow Creative Commons board member and friend James Boyle helped work on and just released this very cool comic book that depicts in a cool and easy to understand way, the copyright struggle going on right now. You can buy the book or download it since it is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license.
Duke Law School's Center for the Study of the Public Domain has just released "BOUND BY LAW?" - a comic book on copyright and creativity -- specifically, documentary film. It is being published today --March 15 under a Creative Commons License. The comic, by Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins explores the benefits of copyright in a digital age, but also the threats to cultural history posed by a “permissions culture,” and the erosion of “fair use” and the public domain. You can read or download the whole thing for free at and hard copies are on sale at Amazon.


Dunno yet if this is a good comic, but on the subject of physical comic books, if you are an expat in japan wanting your fix of monthly pulp, there is a place in Shibuya which sells US comics and will let you order from the monthly Previews catalog. I dont wanna use Joi's web for free advertising for them so if anyone wants details, email me.

Though I'm admittedly a comics geek, so I'm rather far from an objective stance, but I do believe it has been proven time and time again that comics, as a form, is simply the best way to communicate information.

It's no chance that airline and hotel emergency instructions are in comics form. Or Ikea instructions. or military weapons-training instructions.

Good on em'.

Mention of the lift of Graham Ingles Crypt Keeper from EC Comics fair use is conspicuously absent from the footnotes; but perhaps that is intentional, to make a point regarding fair use.

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