Eric Priest researches in the area of intellectual property law, with a focus on copyright law in the information age and creative industry ecosystems in the U.S. and China. Professor Priest currently serves on the U.S.-China IP Cooperation Dialogue, organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Renmin University in China. The Dialogue is a multi-round interchange between U.S. and Chinese experts on the most challenging intellectual property issues facing China. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, were he was previously a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow. From 2006–2007, he was a fellow-in-residence at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Before entering the law field, Professor Priest spent a decade as a music producer and songwriter. Starting in 1999, he also worked sporadically in China's music industry as a consultant, Web entrepreneur, songwriter, and producer.
Professor Priest's recent scholarship includes "An Entrepreneurship Theory of Copyright" (Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 2022); “The Chinese Copyright Dream” (with Sean A. Pager) (Pepperdine Law Review, 2022); “The Future of Music Copyright Collectives in the Digital Streaming Age” (Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, 2021), and "Redeeming Globalization through Unfair Competition Law" (Cardozo Law Review, 2020).
Professor Priest holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law (where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Chicago Kent Law Review), and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.