Professor Eric E. Johnson
|Visiting Associate Professor of Law
(806) 742-3990 x226
Eric E. Johnson's 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 Professor Johnson's, and his Konomark project aims to facilitate the sharing of copyrighted works on the internet. In addition to having written several articles concerning intellectual property, he has also written about the intersection of law and particle physics.
Professor Johnson received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000, where he was a member of the Board of Student Advisers and an instructor in legal reasoning and argument. He received his B.A. from the Plan II program at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.
After law school, Professor Johnson was an associate in the litigation and intellectual property litigation practices at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, where his clients included Paramount, MTV, CBS, Touchstone, Immersion Corporation, and the bankruptcy estate of eToys.com. At Irell, Johnson’s matters included claims of patent infringement in the video-game industry, copyright infringement of a television series, breach of a motion-picture director’s contract, and breach of a profit-participation clause in a television executive-producer’s contract. Professor Johnson later became in-house counsel to Fox Cable Networks in Los Angeles, drafting and negotiating deals for Fox Sports Net (“FSN”) and Fox College Sports.
Outside of his legal career, Professor Johnson was a top-40 radio disc jockey, a standup comic, and a consultant at an early-stage internet start-up. In 2005, he was awarded a patent on a headrest he invented for patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. An active blogger, Professor Johnson 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.
Johnson is an Affiliate Scholar with the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society.
Entertainment Law, Introduction to Intellectual Property