Eric Goldman is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. He also co-directs the school’s High Tech Law Institute and supervises the school’s Privacy Law Certificate. Before joining the SCU faculty in 2006, he was an Assistant Professor at Marquette University Law School, General Counsel of Epinions.com, and an Internet transactional attorney at Cooley Godward LLP.
Eric teaches and publishes in the areas of Internet Law, Intellectual Property and Advertising & Marketing Law. He blogs on these topics at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog, which has been inducted into the ABA Journal’s “Blawg Hall of Fame.” The California State Bar’s IP Section has named him an “IP Vanguard,” and Managing IP magazine twice named him to a shortlist of “IP Thought Leaders” in North America. He was the 2019 recipient of Santa Clara University’s Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship (the university’s highest award for scholarly achievement).
Eric received his BA, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics/Business from UCLA in 1988. He received his JD from UCLA in 1994, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review, and concurrently received his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.
Selected career milestones:
- 1991: got his first email account
- 1993: published his first paper on Internet Law
- 1994: started practicing Internet Law
- 1996: taught his first Internet Law course
- 2005: started blogging at the Technology & Marketing Law blog
- 2010: started publishing his casebook on Internet Law
- 2012: started publishing his co-authored casebook on Advertising & Marketing Law
Backchannel.com has said:
As an advocate for internet speech, Goldman is about as knowledgeable as they come. His blog is an exhaustive repository of Section 230 information, with commentary and links to cases dating back to 2005. He’s been teaching internet law since before Section 230 was passed and wrote a paper in law school about user-generated content before that term existed. To understand why he considers internet speech so vital, he says just look at what the world was like in the pre-internet era, when interested participants in society had no immediate outlets through which to speak up and share their voices. He talks about his first exposure to online bulletin boards in the early 1990s as if it were a spiritual awakening.
Selected judicial citations:
- Stratton Oakmont, Inc. v. Prodigy Services Co., 1995 WL 323710 (N.Y. Supreme Ct. 1995) (citing Cyberspace, the Free Market, and the Free Market of Ideas)
- Standard Process, Inc. v. Banks, 554 F. Supp. 2d 866 (E.D. Wis. 2008) (citing Deregulating Relevancy)
- Wiesmueller v. Kosobucki, 571 F.3d 699 (7th Cir. 2009) (citing this blog post)
- Philbrick v. eNom, Inc., 593 F.Supp.2d 352 (D. N.H. 2009) (citing Deregulating Relevancy)
- Digby Adler Group LLC v. Image Rent A Car, Inc., 2010 WL 2867134 (N.D. Cal. 2010) (citing Deregulating Relevancy)
- Jenzabar, Inc. v. Long Bow Group, Inc., 82 Mass. App. Ct. 648 (Mass. App. Ct. 2012) (citing Deregulating Relevancy)
- Zhang v. Baidu.Com, Inc., 10 F. Supp. 3d 433 (S.D.N.Y. 2014) (citing Search Engine Bias)
- Crutchfield Corp. v. Testa, 151 Ohio St.3d 278 (Ohio Sup. Ct. 2016) (citing expert testimony)
- Bennett v. Google, LLC, 882 F.3d 1163 (D.C. Cir. 2018) (citing Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Internet Law’s Most Important Judicial Decision)
- Commonwealth v. Murgia, 2019 WL 2127838 (Va. Sup. Ct. 2019) (citing Emojis and the Law)
- State v. D.R.C., 2020 Wash. App. LEXIS 1992 (Wash. App. Ct. 2020) (citing Emojis and the Law)
- Burrows v Houda  NSWDC 485 (August 25, 2020) (citing this blog post on emojis)
- Wooster Floral & Gifts, L.L.C. v. Green Thumb Floral & Garden Ctr., Inc., 2020-Ohio-5614 (Ohio Sup. Ct. 2020) (citing Deregulating Relevancy)
Selected interviews with Eric:
- Hsu Untied about Eric’s slinky collection (2014)
- The law school student newspaper The Advocate (2015)
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