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Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm

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bureau Brandeis


Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is partner of bureau Brandeis. He specialises in digital copyright, the liability of intermediaries, privacy and free speech issues. He is both a trusted advisor to his clients such as KPN, Netflix and eBay and an experienced litigator. “He is brilliant and able do the most difficult cases, because he understands the technology as well as the law. He is not easy to outsmart,” one of his legal peers is quoted in Chambers.

Members of Parliament, both Dutch and European, call upon him regularly for advice on technology law matters. He is a frequent speaker and often appears on national television and in other media as a commentator on current legal events.

Besides his work as an attorney, he is a senior lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is also the author of a work of fiction. His debut novel ‘The Trial of the Century’ (“Het proces van de eeuw”) came out in 2011 and is currently running its seventh edition.

Recent work:

  • Representing XS4ALL in a case about DNS- and IP-blocking before the European Court of Justice. Still pending.
  • Representing Sanoma / Playboy in a landmark case about (copyright) liability of hyperlinking to protected content. Victory.
  • Representing the Netherlands Publishers Associations in a landmark case about the legality of making available second-hand e-books. Victory.
  • Representing eBay subsidiary Marktplaats before the Court of Appeals of Leeuwarden in a case concerning the liability of classified ads websites. Victory. Marktplaats was not under an obligation to pro-actively block or filter infringing ads;
  • Representing NORMA, a collecting rights society for actors, in a case against the Dutch State over unlawful legislation. Victory. The Court of Appeals of The Hague determined that the State had acted unlawful by freezing a system of copyright levies to compensate private uses;
  • Advising ISPs and other intermediaries about the disclosure of personal data of its subscribers to copyright holders and law enforcement authorities;
  • Assisting the Dutch Royal Library in obtaining collective licenses for scanning and making available its archive of news papers, magazines and books.

Companies he works for:

KPN, XS4ALL, Netflix, Airbnb and eBay.


Industry focus: Information technology

Within: Industry focus: Information technology

At bureau Brandeis, Machteld Robichon attracts public and commercial broadcasters and production companies as clients, and assists with enforcement procedures commenced by regulators including the Gaming Authority and the Data Protection Authority. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm has accumulated significant experience acting before the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court, and the ECJ; it has acted on significant digital copyright cases for Netflix and Sanoma. The team also advises on privacy/GDPR compliance and counts eBay, Persgroep, and 538/Talpa Radio among its clients.

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Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Within: Industry focus: Media and entertainment

The bureau Brandeis team is 'hands-on, focused, proactive, and a pleasure to work with'. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, Hans Bousie, and Machteld Robichon are the senior members of a team which 'operates at a high level and are strategic thinkers'. The team represented KPN/XS4ALL in a case concerned with the issue of whether internet providers can be ordered to block websites that infringe copyright. It is also acting for the Dutch Association of Publishers in a digital copyright case concerning e-book rights which was referred to the ECJ.

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Industry focus: telecoms

Within: Industry focus: telecoms

At bureau Brandeis, Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm and Machteld Robichon co-head a 'focused and hands-on team that is a pleasure to work with'. The lawyers, including Simone Peek and Oskar Mulder 'operate at a high level and have a good combination of legal knowledge and strategic thinking'. The team is acting for Netflix on a number of TMT and privacy matters including a case before the ECJ. Robichon is also advising RTV Noord-Holland and AT5 on various media issues including various regulations.

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Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Within: Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

bureau Brandeis is highlighted for its broad expertise including copyright and privacy and for being 'a hands-on, focused team and a pleasure to work with'. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm 'is an excellent, sharp litigator'; Hans Bousie 'has a wide knowledge of the media sector and always looks for solutions'; Machteld Robichon is 'a great pleasure to work with and operates at a high level'. The team has been involved in several landmark copyright cases in the digital/telecoms sector; it advised Netflix on a long-running claim that reached the ECJ and concerned the German Film Fund Scheme.

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