Thursday, February 25, 2010
Professor Johnson is a professor at The University of North Dakota School of Law, where he has taught since 2007. He teaches Torts, Intellectual Property, and Media & Entertainment Law. He has published articles such as Rethinking Sharing Licenses for the Entertainment Media, 26 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 391 (2008), and Calibrating Patent Lifetimes, 22 Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal 269 (2006). According to Professor Johnson,
The poster titled "Intellectual Property & Disability" is connected to an article I wrote that is forthcoming in volume 20 of the George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal, which is titled "Intellectual Property's Need for a Disability Perspective." The poster tries to make the point - in a way that is personal to the viewer of the poster - that intellectual property law can have disparate effects on disabled and non-disabled people. The poster only references the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act, but my article discusses other examples, including how Judge Alex Kozinski's leading trademark opinion in the New Kids on the Block case creates a legal doctrine that needlessly discriminates against persons with intellectual disabilities, and how a leading right-of-publicity case from Georgia unwittingly creates doctrine that has a discriminatory impact on blind persons.