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Hans Bousie

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bureau Brandeis


Hans is partner of bureau Brandeis. Hans specializes in antitrust (damages) actions. With his focus of attention on the media and entertainment sector, he furthermore nurtures a special love for (digital)copyright law.

Competition law (Grotius,1997) suits him very well, because of his excellent skills in combining market economics with legal frameworks. Hans has over 20 years of experience in competition law and has litigated before the Dutch Courts, the European Commission, the Dutch competition authority and the European Court of Justice. Over the years, he has gained a more prominent position in cartel damages litigation. Antitrust damages actions fit bureau Brandeis’s focus on litigation very well.

In addition to his work as attorney, Hans is chairman of the foundation ‘Why I Love This Book’ and board member of the foundation “Poetry International”.

Media Law International 2015: ‘According to one client, “Hans Bousie translated the exceedingly complicated laws and regulations into a clear, concise and most importantly usable advice.”’

Recent work:

  • Representing a claimant in an international antitrust damages action (pending);
  • Representing a large web shop in its complaint before the European Commission on alleged anti-competitive behavior of an international manufacturer of toys (pending);
  • Representing Pearson Assessment & Information before the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam in proceedings regarding copyright on psychological tests as defined in Dutch Copyright law (pending);
  • Representing Pathé in negotiations with the major studio’s regarding licenses for her Video on demand project, Pathé Thuis;
  • Advising international publisher Springer on copyright issues with regard to the Springer Book Archive and Springer Link.

Clients Hans works for:

Pearson, Springer, Sanoma, Bohn Stafleu van Lofhum, Boom publishers,, Pathé, Videoland, DFW, CPNB, KBb, NUV, KVB, Action, Phonehouse, Joh. Enschedé, LOI, NVER, LannooMeulenhoff, VBK Media, Lemniscaat, Podium, Armin van Buuren, Amp Amsterdam, Kluun, Robert Vuijsje.


Netherlands: Industry focus

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

β€˜Flexible, approachable and experienced’ boutique bureau Brandeis β€˜fits the media industry like a glove’. The β€˜sociable, honest’ Machteld Robichon is β€˜enthusiastic and very experienced in regulatory work’; Hans Bousie and Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm are also recommended. Clients include Netflix, Sanoma and XS4ALL.

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

Trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Within: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Particularly active in digital copyright and internet IP, bureau Brandeis’ β€˜flexible, approachable, highly experienced’ team has β€˜great industry knowledge’. The practice is headed jointly by β€˜true copyright expert’ Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm and media and entertainment specialist Hans Bousie; clients include Netflix, Sanoma and the Dutch Association of Publishers.

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