Instructor(s): Aaron Sawchuk

For graduate students, the course number is LAW5450HS.

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. This course will meet once a week in-person. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

Note: This course satisfies either the Perspective or the International/Comparative/Transnational course requirement.

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This course will examine the legal and policy issues that are challenging consumers, producers and distributors of digital works in the content and software industries. The course will move beyond the black letter law to allow students to critically examine the socio-economic policy debates involving intellectual property, privacy and contractual rights in the digital economy. Course topics will include: protecting privacy in the digital environment; intellectual property protection for digital content; licensing and business strategies for software; open source software and other forms of massively distributed peer production; and, ensuring safety and security in the world of interconnected “smart” devices (from cars to appliances). The course will focus on the Canadian context, but will also draw heavily on international developments, particularly in the US and EU.

Class participation 15% (10% contributions to class discussion and 5% attendance) and a final paper of 6,500 to 7,000 words for the remaining 85%.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term
Perspective course



24 JD


W: 6:30 - 8:30 pm (in-class)