Toronto, February 23, 2009 — McCarthy
Tétrault partners Barry Sookman and Steven Mason illustrate
the challenges, concepts and approaches to copyright issues in
their newly released casebook Copyright: Cases and Commentary
on the Canadian and International Law. The authors draw on
their experience in numerous high-profile intellectual property
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 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.
"Barry's and Steven's casebook reaffirms our
team's international expertise and ability to understand and
resolve clients' disputes regardless of jurisdiction,"
said W. Iain Scott, the firm's Chair and CEO. "It will be
a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in copyright
Published by Carswell, Copyright: Cases and Commentary on
the Canadian and International Law can be purchased at Carswell's online bookstore or by calling
About Barry Sookman
Barry Sookman is partner in McCarthy Tétrault's
Technology Law Group as well as its Co-Chair. He is also the former
head of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. He is
recognized as one of Canada's foremost authorities in
information technology and intellectual property law. He has argued
numerous precedent-setting cases at all levels of court, including
the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Sookman is the author of several
books, including the leading four-volume treatise Computer,
Internet and Electronic Commerce Law (Carswell
1999—2009). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Copyright
at Osgoode Law School.
About Steven Mason
Steven Mason is a partner in the firm's Litigation Group.
His practice includes all areas of litigation, with a particular
focus on intellectual property and related disputes. Mr. Mason is
an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, and has represented
clients in a broad range of complex litigation in the Federal Court
of Canada and in the Ontario Courts. He is also an Adjunct
Professor of Copyright at Osgoode Law School and is regularly
invited to speak about topics in the field of intellectual property
About McCarthy Tétrault
McCarthy Tétrault provides a broad range of legal
services, advising on large and complex assignments for Canadian
and international interests. The firm is well-established in major
financial centres across Canada and in London, UK.
Built on a unique model of collaboration, the firm brings its
legal talent, industry knowledge and practice experience, wherever
they are needed, to help clients achieve the results that are
important to them.
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