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Who is James Boyle ?

James Boyle is a Professor of Law at Duke Law School and the author of The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

Professor Boyle was one of the founding board members of Creative Commons, an organization that works to facilitate the free availability of art, scholarship, and cultural materials by developing innovative, machine-readable licenses that individuals can attach to their work. 

He was also a founder of Science Commons, which aims at expanding the Creative Commons mission into the realm of scientific data. He is a member of the board of the Public Library of Science. In 2003 Professor Boyle 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 awarded the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award for defending civil liberties on the Internet. He is now working on a graphic novel that traces the history of musical borrowing from Plato to hip-hop.