Watch & Learn: Mimi & Eunice

What is ‘Mimi & Eunice’?

‘Mimi & Eunice’ is a series of 3 panel comics made by Nina Paley (if she sounds familiar, you might know her as the creator of the beautiful, CC licensed ‘Sita sings the Blues’). Nina Paley started publishing ‘Mimi & Eunice’ in 2010 under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license because she “needed to do some drawing just to keep my head from exploding.”

‘Mimi & Eunice’ strips can be found on a website by the same name as well as on Nina Paley’s blog. Following a very simple graphic style, Mimi and Eunice have been described by their creator as “two middle-aged children/ baby psychos /heterosexual lesbians”. Distinguishing Mimi from Eunice is pretty simple – Mimi has pointy years while Eunice has floppy ones. They’re both equally funny, aggressive and vocal about a number of issues ranging from art, religion, psychology sex and Intellectual Property.

This image/work was taken from Nina Paley's 'Mimi & Eunice' and was shared under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License which requires you to share this image/work under the same license. It has also been shared under a Copy<3 license.

This image/work was taken from Nina Paley’s ‘Mimi & Eunice’ and was shared under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License which requires you to share this image/work under the same license. It has also been shared under a Copy<3 license.

Why is ‘Mimi & Eunice’ available under a Creative Commons license?

“The advantage of copyleft is it ensures the work stays Free. Any derivatives must be released under the same terms, so no one can lock it up. It prevents abusive exploitation; no one can monopolize it. The drawback is that [it] keeps it from being used in some projects that use more restrictive licenses.”

Nina Paley has been known for avidly supporting the Copyleft movement. Her opinions on the subject became obvious to the world when her work ‘Sita sings the Blues’ was dragged into a copyright brawl resulting in Paley releasing the work under a zero license. Paley’s opinions on regressive copyright tactics and the need for a more balanced approach to understanding, regulating and respecting intellectual property often makes its way into the world of ‘Mimi & Eunice’.

So how what does ‘Mimi & Eunice’ say about Intellectual Property Rights?

‘Mimi & Eunice’ is very cool for the subtle (although this is debatable) ways in which intellectual property concerns are brought to the world’s attention. Whether it’s screaming about hypocritical notions of sharing, or just ridiculous interpretations of content ownership and regulation, ‘Mimi & Eunice’ will get you thinking about intellectual property and the imaginary systems we’ve put in place to regulate content and resources.

‘Mimi & Eunice’ may not leave you in splits, but it will offer you an interesting and honest insight into the ridiculousness of Intellectual Property Rights. Also, who doesn’t want to hear what Nina Paley has to say?

What do you think about ‘Mimi & Eunice’? Do you know any other comics (traditional or graphic) that deal with the subject of intellectual property and content in a unique way? Let us know in the comments below.

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