Barry Sookman books

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Sookman: Computer, Internet and Electronic Commerce Law (2000-2020)

Sookman: Computer, Internet and Electronic Commerce Law is the leading Canadian book on computer, technology, Internet, privacy, and electronic law in Canada. The book has a large chapter on copyright law which focuses on digital copyright issues. it also has a large chapter on technology transactions covering everything from software licenses to large scale procurements such as outsourcings. From a single volume as first published in 1989 to the present eight volumes of detailed, comprehensive coverage, Sookman: Computer, Internet and Electronic Commerce Law provides the only current book of Canadian information with significant international developments that comprehensively analyzes technology, intellectual property, copyright, internet, electronic and privacy law. The continued growth of the Internet as a means of doing business ensures that eventually there will be no “e” in eCommerce, and almost any practitioner advising commercial clients will need to have an understanding of this law and want this book.

As one of Canada’s leading lawyers in technology, Internet, computer, copyright, IP, electronic commerce and privacy law, Barry Sookman has written the authoritative book on these subjects. Barry Sookman’s books are frequently referred to and applied by the courts.

Intellectual Property Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary (2nd ed. 2013)

McCarthy Tétrault partners Barry Sookman, Steven Mason and Dan Glover draw on their extensive expertise in intellectual property law to shed light on this complex area of the law in their newest book, Intellectual Property Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary.

This edition of the intellectual property book will be of particular interest to private practitioners, in-house lawyers, law students, law professors and librarians. The authors have selected the important cases in IP law, including very recent cases from the Supreme Court of Canada and other appellant courts, to provide the most up to date and instructive set of materials on IP law in Canada.

Copyright: Cases and Commentary on the Canadian and International Law (2nd. ed. 2013).

McCarthy Tétrault partners Barry Sookman and Steven Mason and professor Carys Craig  illustrate the challenges, concepts and approaches to copyright issues in their casebook Copyright: Cases and Commentary on the Canadian and International Law. In this copyright book, the authors draw on their experience in numerous high-profile copyright cases to show how copyright operates within various national legal systems and plays an important role in the creation and dissemination of valuable intellectual property assets.

Aimed at law students, law professors, librarians and practitioners, the copyright casebook includes extracts from leading cases in both Canadian and international jurisprudence, and explains copyright matters to a broad audience through carefully selected court opinions and insightful commentary.

Computer, Internet and Electronic Commerce Terms: Judicial, Legislative and Technical Definitions (2000-2019)

This glossary contains technical and legal definitions of terms commonly used in association with the computer and Internet industry. This resource has an international scope, drawing definitions from Canadian, U.S., U.K. and European cases, statutes, and regulations. Often multiple definitions for the same terms are provided based on the caselaw or usage in different jurisdictions for different purposes. Drawn from the glossary in Sookman: Computer, Internet and Electronic Commerce Law, the dictionary is published annually.

Mr. Sookman’s books have been cited, referred to or quoted from approvingly in numerous cases such as:

  • Nintendo of America Inc. v. King, 2017 FC 246
  • Andrews v. McHale, 2016 FC 624
  • Biocad Medical Inc.. c. Panthera Dental inc., 2016 QCCS 3096
  • Seggie c. Roofdog Games Inc., 2015 QCCS 6462
  • R. v. Avanes et al., 2015 ONCJ 606 (CanLII) (electronic evidence)
  • R. v. C.M., 2012 ABPC 139 (electronic evidence)
  • Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership v. Rogers Communications Inc., 2011 BCSC 1196 (electronic contracting)
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank v e-Funds Limited, 2008 CanLII 88205 (CA TMOB) (evidence)
  • Conexsys Systems Inc. c. Aime Star Marketing Inc., 2003 CanLII 33339 (QC CS)
  • Delrina Corp. v. Triolet Systems Inc., 2002 CanLII 11389 (ON CA) (copyright, computer software)
  • Mensys Business Solution Centre Ltd. c. Drummond RCM, 2002 CanLII 41481 (QC CS) (remedies)
  • Angoss International Ltd. v. The Queen, 1999 CanLII 250 (TCC) (tax)
  • Corporation de l’École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal c. 3178277 Canada inc., 1998 CanLII 12140 (QC CS)
  • Northwest Marine Technology, Inc. v. Crosby, 1996 CanLII 1474 (BC SC)
  • Prism Hospital Software Inc. v. Hospital Medical Records Institute, 1994 CanLII 1308 (BC SC) (remedies)
  • Delrina Corp. v. Triolet Systems Inc., (1993), 47 C.P.R. (3d) 1, 9 B.L.R. (2d) 140 (Ont. Gen. Div.)
  • North American Systemshops Ltd. v. King, 1989 CanLII 3181 (AB QB) (electronic contracting)


Barry Sookman “U.S. Court Thumbs Its Nose at Supreme Court of Canada: Google v. Equustek, 30 IPJ 375 (Summer 2018)

Barry Sookman “Browsewraps, Fair Dealing and Blacklock’s Reporter v. Canada: A Critical Commentary”, Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Vol 64, Nos 2. Spring 2017 259; also published in 29 I.P.J. 477.

Barry Sookman, : The Google Book Project: Is it Fair Use? 61 J. Copyright Soc’y 485, Spring, 2014.


Copyright Reform for Canada: What Should We Do?, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Issue 11, September, 2009

Barry Sookman, Copyright Reform for Canada: Consultation Submission (2009) 2 Osgoode Hall Rev. L. Pol’y 73; also published at 22 IPJ 1.

Why Canada Should Not Adopt Fair use: A joint Submission to the Copyright Consultations, (with Dan Glover) (2009) 2 Osgoode Hall Rev. L. Pol’y 55, also published at 22 IPJ 29

Case Comment: Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada v. Canadian Association of Internet Service Providers Canadian Journal of Law and Technology Vol 3 p149.

Case comment on the CCH v. Law Society Case (in the Computer Technology Law Reporter)

Barry Sookman “The SAC Proposal for the Monetization of the File Sharing of Music in Canada: Does it Comply with Canada’s International Treaty Obligations Related to Copyright? 21-2 I.P.J. 159 – 189; also (2008) 1 Osgoode Hall Rev. L. Pol’y. 101

Barry Sookman “Facebook Fair for Copyright of Canada: Replies to Prof. Geist (2008) 1 Osgoode Hall Rev. L. Pol’y. 198

Barry Sookman “The Challenges to Privacy Posed by Technology”inBarbara McIsaac’s The Law of Privacy in Canada (Carswell, 2000 – 2001)

Barry Sookman and Bradley Crawford “Electronic Money: A North American Perspective” in International Monetary Law: Issues for the New Millennium (Oxford University, 2000)

Barry Sookman “Legal Framework for E-Commerce Transactions” [2000] C.T.L.R. 85

Barry Sookman “Protection of Databases” in Copyright in Cyberspace (Otto Cramwinckel, 1997)

Barry Sookman “Copyright and Technology” in Henderson’s Copyright Law of Canada (Carswell, 1994)

Barry Sookman “Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in Computer Products and Related Technology” in George S. Takach’s The Software Business in Canada (McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited 1997)

Barry Sookman “Knowledge-Based Businesses: The Business of the Future” in Business Law & Litigation: Trend Spotting for the 21st Century (for the 1999 Isaac Pitblado Lectures)

Barry Sookman “E-Commerce, Internet and the Law: A Survey of the Legal Issues” Vol. 48, UNB L.J. 119 (1999)

Barry Sookman “Copyright and the Information Super Highway: Some Issues to Think About” 11 I.P.J. 123 (1997) (Part 1) and 11 I.P.J. 265 (1997) (Part 2)

Barry Sookman et al “International Trade in Computer-Related Technology: The Impact of GATT and NAFTA” in Computer Law & Practice, Vol. 10, No. 3, (1994)

Barry Sookman “Developments in Information Technology Law” [1997] 5 C.T.L.R. 209

Barry Sookman “The North American Free Trade Agreement and Computers: A Summary,” Vol. 1, No. 5 Focus Americas (August, 1995)

Barry Sookman “International Differences and Copyright Protection for Software,” [1995] 5 C.T.L.R. 137

Barry Sookman “Canadian Computer Litigation: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?” Vol. 10, No. 11, Software Protection (April 1992)

Barry Sookman “Computer-Assisted Creation of Works Protected by Copyright” 5 I.P.J. 165 (1990)

Barry Sookman “Création Assistée par Ordinateur d’Oeuvres Protégeés par Le Droit D’auter, Vol. 2, No. 2, Les Cahiers du Propriété Intellectuelle (Jan. 1990)

Barry Sookman “Liability of Geographic Information System Providers” International Computer Law Advisor, (February 1990)

Barry Sookman “ALAI National Report on Computer-Assisted and Computer-Generated Works” in L’informitique et Le Droit D’auteur, (Les Editions Yvon Blais Inc., 1989)

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