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Eric Priest

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Archived Biography: Eric was a Resident Fellow overseeing the China implementation of the Noank Digital Media Exchange project, a next-generation copyright licensing system for the legal distribution and transmission of digital works over the Internet. Eric is an expert in Chinese copyright law, digital media and Internet issues. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. Previously, Eric was an associate in the Trademark, Copyright, and Brand Management Group at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. He holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and a J.D. with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Priest was co-founder and president of Westgate Artists, a music production company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota with gold- and platinum-selling international releases on major record labels including PolyGram and BMG. Eric also worked as a creative consultant to Rock Records in Beijing, China, helping the label develop one of the most successful bands in China during the past five years. Eric speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Projects & Tools

Noank Media

Noank's mission is to license and distribute digital content globally while fairly compensating content owners, using the most efficient, sustainable, and effective business and…

Digital Media Project (DMP)

The goal of the Digital Media Project is not to advance a simple agenda but instead to help educate stakeholders – government officials, the media, artists, businesspeople, and…


Dec 1, 2006

The Future of Music and Film Piracy in China

This paper contemplates what the future holds for the protection of audiovisual works in China. It is meant to provide cultural and historical context to the copyright piracy…


Jan 31, 2007 @ 12:00 AM

"Copyright Law and Innovation in the Internet Age: Lessons from Asia"

Berkman Fellow Eric Priest

Berkman Fellow Eric Priest on "Copyright Law and Innovation in the Internet Age: Lessons from Asia"

May 30, 2006 @ 12:30 PM

Asia at the Cutting Edge?

Eric Priest

Eric Priest discussed Asia's entertainment industry and abstracted lessons for other markets.

Mar 9, 2006 @ 6:00 PM

"The Future of Music & Film Piracy In China" / "Tax and Reward"

Berkman Fellow Eric Priest and Yale ISP Fellow Katherine L. McDaniel

Berkman Fellow Eric Priest on “The Future of Music and Film Piracy In China.” ISP Fellow Katherine L. McDaniel on “Accounting for Taste: An Analysis of Tax and Reward Alternative…