Eric E. Johnson

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Eric E. Johnson is an associate professor of law at the Univeristy of North Dakota School of Law. His primary scholarly interests are intellectual property and media/entertainment law, with a special interest in "new media." Intellectual property sharing is a particular interest of Eric's, and his Konomark project aims to facilitate the sharing of copyrighted works on the internet. An active blogger, Eric writes Blog Law Blog about the law of blogging and Pixelization about various legal issues, including technology and IP. He also collects artifacts from leading intellectual property cases through his Museum of Intellectual Property project. Eric received his B.A. from the Plan II program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000. At Harvard, Eric was an instructor of Legal Reasoning and Argument. After law school, Eric practiced with the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella, where his clients included Paramount, MTV, CBS, Touchstone, Immersion Corporation, and the bankruptcy estate of eToys. He has represented clients against Microsoft, Sony, and Kilroy Realty. Eric later worked as in-house counsel to Fox Cable Networks. Outside of his legal career, Eric was a top-40 radio disc jockey in his hometown of Reno, Nevada, and a stand-up comic. In the mid-1990s, he was a consultant at an early-stage internet start-up working on e-commerce and online sales of software. In 2005, Eric was awarded a patent on a headrest he invented for patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. Eric archives course materials and papers at