June 15th, 2011
Many JD applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a law school, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor at a top law school. Today, we focus on James Boyle from the Duke University School of Law.
The Hangover Part II topped the Memorial Day weekend box office. Surprisingly, the movie raises serious issues regarding copyright law. The artist who created the tattoo on Mike Tyson’s face claimed that Warner Brothers could not release the movie because of the risk of copyright infringement, because the film features a character with a similar tattoo on his face. Professor James Boyle, who is Duke University Law School’s William Neal Reynold Professor of Law and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, is internationally recognized as an authority on copyright law. He has become part of the heated debate. In a June 2011 episode of NPR’s On the Media, Boyle asserted that “allowing copyright claim on a human body would set a dangerous precedent.” This is not the first time that he has made controversial remarks and challenged strongly held beliefs—and it will not likely be the last. In his latest essay for the Brookings Institution, he asserts that “it is overwhelmingly likely that constitutional law will have to classify artificially created entities that have some but not all of the attributes we associate with human beings.” In 2006, Boyle received the Duke Bar Association Distinguished Teaching Award.