Let My Tortles Go!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26th, 2010 by bl1y

Professor Eric Johnson (North Dakota), the same Professor Eric Johnson who needs Congress’s help in organizing his filing cabinet, has perhaps redeemed himself.  He has just released a new torts text book that is available for, get this, Free-Ninety-Nine.

I know professors research assistants put in a lot of time and effort in making text books, but it’s nice to see a professor deciding to not double dip in his students’ pockets by charging them $150 for a packet of cases that are in the public domain.

Click here for Torts Compendium Volume 1.

And, thanks to Professor Johnson for also posting a link to a free IP text, Fundamentals of Intellectual Property by Tom Field (Franklin Pierce).

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Eric Johnson Needs a Nanny

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24th, 2010 by bl1y

Eric Johnson has trouble keeping track of instruction manuals that are packaged with the various products he buys.  He would like to see manufacturers label their products with a URL that points to a downloadable replacement manual.  Not too bad of an idea, is it?  In fact, having replacement instruction manuals online is such a good idea, many (if not most) manufacturers already do this.

But, Eric Johnson is so incredibly incompetent when it comes to keeping track of instruction manuals (and I guess pretty bad at operating most consumer products) that he thinks the federal government ought to force manufacturers to put manuals online:

All commercial manufacturers of consumer products that are sold with instructions, manuals or other such documentation shall permanently label such products with a URL web address where consumers may download copies of the documentation. The Federal Trade Commission shall have the authority to promulgate regulations under this Act and to bring enforcement actions.

Yes, that’s right, Eric Johnson wants the federal government to force manufacturers to protect him from his own disorganization:

The law I’m proposing would unclutter offices and homes. On an individual level, that would be a substantial convenience. But considered cumulatively over several years and millions of consumers, the economic benefit in productivity gained and time saved time would be significant —  more than enough to make a law worthwhile

So, who is this nanny state advocate?  Eric Johnson is a professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he teaches torts, IP, and entertainment law.

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