Media is one of the core markets of Kennedy Van der Laan. The client base of the Media Team covers the full media: television and radio stations, TV and film producers, blogs, internet providers, newspapers and publishers of books and magazines.
Unlawful publications and the field of tension between freedom of speech and privacy
The field of tension between freedom of speech and privacy is a spearhead of the media practice. When is a publication unlawful? This question relates to subjects like hearing both sides of a story, attack journalism, taping conversations, linking and online publications, the online archive, how to act when news is published about suspects/convicts, and claims for rectification, recall and damages. We also handle many cases on image right and other rights issues, for example on formats, parody and the right to quote, games of chance, liability of intermediaries on the Internet and other internet-law issues.
Regulation of the Media
Besides, the Media Team focuses on the regulation of the media: the rules applicable under the Media Act to public and commercial broadcasters and other media parties. This work relates to issues like access to the public broadcasting system, advertising and sponsorship, rules for video-on-demand services and public-private partnerships.
General media practice
We naturally also assist clients in more general issues, like contracts, which work requires knowledge of the media market as well as a thorough understanding of general civil law.
Through its many years of experience, the Media Team of Kennedy Van der Laan has obtained great expertise in the media field. We combine this expertise with the practical and to-the-point approach of Kennedy Van der Laan. No buts and maybes, but a clear advice that puts you on the right track.
Chambers Europe 2017 – TMT – Band 1
What the team is known for Outstanding practice covering all aspects of IT, outsourcing, media and data protection. Also handles IT litigation, e-commerce, licensing and litigation. The media practice is particularly experienced in defamation, copyright and internet litigation. Recently the team has acted for several high-profile new clients, including Facebook and Vice Media.
Strengths One client considers the team to be “the best on media law in Holland” and describes the lawyers as “dedicated and specific.”
Another client says the firm “understands the IT business and is familiar with the most recent IT developments.” The same source praises the “great team spirit within the law firm” as well as its “hands-on mentality,” which makes the team “very easy to work with.”
Work highlights Advised on complex IT integration issues relating to the merger of Ahold and Delhaize.
Defended Ziggo in three separate proceedings regarding requests for user data and information take-down requests.
Significant clients Siemens, ABN AMRO, Persgroep, Telegraaf Media Group, Viacom
- Hester De Vries (Band 1)
- Joost Linnemann (Band 2)
- Jens van den Brink (Band 1)
- Christien Wildeman (Band 3)
- Patrick Wit (Band 2)
Clients say Hester De Vries is “super at translating our demands into practical advice on data protection regulations and is really fantastic at converting thoughts into practical choices.” She is a renowned data protection specialist and advises clients from the healthcare and finance sectors.
Joost Linnemann advises on a range of technology and IT matters including outsourcing, software and IT-related litigation. Clients praise his “good knowledge, positive attitude and likeable character.”
Jens van den Brink acts for a mixture of broadcasters, newspapers and other media outlets, with a particular focus on contentious issues and defamation cases. He acted for NRC Media on a case against Ben Bot, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs. According to clients, he is “a very good adviser who pinpoints specific details in a question and is very quick and clear on communication.”
Clients value Christien Wildeman‘s specialist knowledge with regard to media law and her “ability to handle high-pressure cases.” Recently active in contentious work, she handled various litigation matters for national newspapers including de Volkskrant and Het Parool.
Patrick Wit is praised by one client for his “quick in-depth analysis which helps me understand what I’ve missed.” He is primarily concerned with outsourcing deals, including transactional mandates. He advised VNAB on rules for an IT solution to be employed in the insurance sector.
Chambers Europe 2016 – TMT – Band 1
What the team is known for Highly regarded for media, IT and outsourcing expertise, with growing strength in litigation and high-profile recent work regarding financial technology, media regulation and freedom of speech. Also noted for experience in privacy, defamation, e-commerce and licensing.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“Kennedy Van der Laan has a good team. It provides a really complete approach – it went beyond the purely professional realm. I think on the whole the co-operation with the firm was excellent.”
“The lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the market and applicable laws, but are very good at keeping things simple for non-lawyers. I was very impressed by the quality and speed of their service.”
Work highlights Represented Telegraaf Media Group in a dispute against the NPO regarding whether data is protected by IP rights and the publication of that data.
Acted for KRO-NCRV on proceedings against Ryanair concerning broadcasts that criticised Ryanair’s safety culture.
Hester De Vries specialises in data protection and privacy. Clients value her as a “sparring partner in showing us all scenarios and strategic routes.” She advised Vereniging van Zorgaanbieders voor Zorgcommunicatie on a dispute relating to its national electronic patient data exchange.
Jens van den Brink has been especially active recently in handling defamation and copyright disputes for broadcasters and newspapers. Clients say he is “very good, he knows what he is talking about and he always reacts very promptly.” He advised UPC Nederland on a dispute in which a German rights holder organisation was seeking to disclose the identity of UPC subscribers who had exchanged pirated movies.
Joost Linnemann is a strong IT and technology litigator and also advises on outsourcing and other IT projects, particularly regarding software. He has been recently active in the finance and healthcare sector. Clients value that he is “very knowledgeable and detail-focused.” He acted for Alert Life Sciences Computing on a dispute concerning the alleged failure to develop and implement electronic healthcare software.
Patrick Wit focuses primarily on outsourcing matters, and is also active in telecoms litigation. Clients appreciate his “great sense of humour and in-depth knowledge on every aspect of IT contracting. He’s very accessible too and very pleasant to work with.” He advised Vereniging Nederlandse Assurantie Beurs on an IT project in the insurance sector.
Christien Wildeman handles media disputes, particularly regarding defamation as it relates to journalists. Clients state that she is “quite sharp. I like working with her, she is always available.”She advised KRO-NCRV and CCCP on a dispute concerning the broadcasting of video recordings made within Media Markt premises.
Significant clients ABN AMRO, De Persgroep, Microsoft, NRC Media, Siemens.
Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Media and Entertainment – Tier 1
Practice head Jens van den Brink of Kennedy Van der Laan represented Telegraaf Media Group in a high-profile data protection case against NPO, and acted for KRO-NCRV in a successful appeal against an injunction brought by Media Markt regarding a video broadcast.
Chambers Europe 2015 – TMT – Band 1
What the team is known for Market-leading IT practice spanning litigation, outsourcing and acquisitions. Notable expertise in data protection. The media team is strong in litigation, notably disputes related to freedom of expression and defamation.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“The team responds quickly and offers good strategies to choose between.”
“The lawyers are very responsive, practical and hands-on.”
What’s new? Added CGI, De Telegraaf, NCRV, Q-Music and Siemens as clients.
Work highlights Representing Telegraaf Media Group in a claim brought by NPO relating to De Telegraaf’s publication of a weekly TV guide.
Assisted Alert/Hiscox with proceedings against five Dutch hospitals related to a failed IT project worth EUR20 million.
Jens van den Brink leads the media team, specialising in defamation and unlawful publication. Clients value his litigation expertise, practical advice and the fact that “he can always give you a solution.”
Hester De Vries is a renowned privacy and data protection expert. She advises clients on compliance, litigation and investigations and is widely described as “one of the best in the field.”
Patrick Wit heads the technology and telecoms practices. He has particular expertise in outsourcings and is admired for his ability to navigate complex supply chains.
Joost Linnemann has a strong track record on technology disputes. Sources are quick to highlight his “excellent analytical and interpersonal skills.”
Rising star Christien Wildeman focuses on freedom of expression, defamation and IP issues. “She understood what we were fighting for and really knows the media industry,”enthuse clients.
Significant clients Capgemini, De Persgroep, Royal Ahold, Microsoft, NRC Media, UPC.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Media and Entertainment – Tier 1
Within Media and entertainment, Kennedy Van der Laan is a first tier firm, Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘excellent, friendly, and co-operative’ practice has extensive experience in defamation, freedom of speech, copyright, internet-related IP issues, and media regulation. Practice head Jens van den Brink continues to represent TMG against NPO in a copyright case. The team also works for Q Music and Fox International Channels.
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