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Joran Spauwen

Attorney at law

Joran advises and litigates in Kennedy Van der Laan’s IP and media practice. He specializes in technology and information matters and is particularly experienced in digital business (platform and retail), the protection and commercialization of technology (R&D) and online copyright. Joran also deals with related regulatory issues and is a member of the data protection litigation team.

Work highlights include litigation on information disclosures in IP proceedings, defending VodafoneZiggo and Facebook against disclosure requests for user information, representing and advising ISP’s in cases on filtering obligations, handling regulatory oversight in relation to rating information, structuring several technological collaborations and internationally enforcing patents and know how.

Joran graduated from Utrecht University, where he specialized in IP, media and Tech law at the University of Amsterdam and George Washington University (Munich Program). Joran has a history as software designer and consultant. Experience he now uses in his daily practice as an attorney.

Besides his legal work, Joran still likes to design and code. He is the designer and administrator of our weblog Media Report and is one of the content editors of this site. Further, Joran is a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), Dutch Media and Communication Law Association (VMC) and the Dutch Copyright Law Association (VVA). He is fluent in German and member of our German Desk.

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Media


  • LLM Information law, University of Amsterdam (IvIR), 2010
  • LLM European law (commercial legal practice), Utrecht University, 2009
  • LLB Private law, Utrecht University, 2008
  • Munich Intellectual Property Summer Program 2010, George Washington University, Max Planck Institute, Munich

Professional organisations

  • Member of the Dutch Copyright Law Association Copyright (VVA)
  • Member of the Netherlands Association for Media and Communication Law (VMC)

Hyperlinking at one’s own risk – CJEU in GS Media / Sanoma

08 november 2016 

Dutch court (II): Google Spain Ruling Not Meant to Suppress News Reporting

03 march 2015 

IP with a license to kill

09 july 2014 

Scope of Protection of High Chair Is Too Small for Copyright Infringement

14 may 2013 

XS Networks and liability for copyright infringement

11 march 2013 

Software Patents in Real Life: the Right to an Electronic Program Guide

11 january 2013 

Games of Chance Authority Reveals Parts of the New Enforcement Policy

24 july 2012 

Court of Justice of the European Union: Copyright Protection of Computer Programs definitely only Protects Source Code

29 may 2012 

Court of Justice EU: no compensation for radio music in waiting room

26 april 2012 

The Importance of an Explicit Secrecy Clause in Clinical Trials

31 january 2012 

Court of The Hague: ‘Forward Link’ is no disclosure either

06 december 2011 

Copyright to Work of Employees Indulging in a Hobby

28 march 2011 

AdWord Tempur Trade Mark Infringement or Permitted Comparative Advertising?

24 february 2011 

ECJ Abolishes Copyright Private Copying Levy for Business Market

03 december 2010