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Prof. dr. M.R.F. (Martin) Senftleben

Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Postbus 15514
    1001 NA Amsterdam
  • Profiel

    Martin Senftleben is Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the Amsterdam Law School. His activities focus on the reconciliation of private intellectual property rights with competing public interests of a social, cultural or economic nature. Current research topics include institutionalized algorithmic copyright enforcement in the EU, the interplay between robot creativity and human literary and artistic productions, the preservation of the public domain of cultural expressions, and the impact of targeted advertising on supply and demand in market economies.

    Martin studied law at the University of Heidelberg. He worked as a researcher at IViR and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. In 2004, he was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Amsterdam. From 2004 to 2007, he was a legal officer in the trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications law division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. From 2007 to 2020, he was Professor of Intellectual Property at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. As a lawyer at Bird & Bird (2008 to 2019), he litigated copyright and trademark cases, including lawsuits about hyperlinking and website blocking.

    Martin is a member of the Copyright Advisory Committee of the Dutch State. He provided advice to WIPO in several trademark and copyright projects. He is the President of the European Copyright Society (ECS), President of the Trademark Law Institute (TLI), and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association littéraire et artistique internationale (ALAI) and the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property Law (ATRIP). In 2017, New York University invited him as a Senior Research Fellow in the Hauser Global Law School Program. From 2017 to 2020, he was Visiting Professor at the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Xiamen University. His numerous publications include Copyright, Limitations and the Three-Step Test (Kluwer Law International 2004), European Trade Mark Law – A Commentary (with Annette Kur, Oxford University Press 2017) and The Copyright/Trademark Interface (Kluwer Law International 2020). As a guest lecturer, he provides courses at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), Strasbourg, the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), and the Universities of Catania and Krakow.

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    • Angelopoulos, C. J., Senftleben, M. R. F., & ten Thije, P. (2021). De reikwijdte van artikel 17 DSM-richtlijn in het licht van het verbod op algemene toezichtverplichtingen: een Odyssee. Auteursrecht, (3), 120-142.
    • Senftleben, M. (2021). From Flexible Balancing Tool to Quasi-Constitutional Straitjacket - How the EU Cultivates the Constraining Function of the Three-Step Test. In J. Griffiths, & T. Mylly (Eds.), Global Intellectual Property Protection and New Constitutionalism: Hedging Exclusive Rights (pp. 83-105). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198863168.003.0004 [details]
    • Senftleben, M. R. F. (2021). Sacrificing the Gods on the Altar of Sports: The Redefinition of Cultural Symbols in the Sports Sector. In M. Senftleben, J. Poort, M. van Eechoud, S. van Gompel, & N. Helberger (Eds.), Intellectual Property and Sports: Essays in Honour of P. Bernt Hugenholtz (pp. 233-247). (Information Law Series; No. 46). Wolters Kluwer.
    • Senftleben, M. R. F., Poort, J. P., van Eechoud, M. M. M., van Gompel, S. J., & Helberger, N. (2021). Introduction: An Information Law Approach to Intellectual Property and Sports. In M. Senftleben, J. Poort, M. van Eechoud, S. van Gompel, & N. Helberger (Eds.), Intellectual Property and Sports: Essays in Honour of P. Bernt Hugenholtz (pp. 3-11). (Information Law Series; No. 46). Wolters Kluwer.
    • Senftleben, M., & van Horen, F. (2021). The Siren Song of the Subtle Copycat - Revisiting Trademark Law with Insights from Consumer Research. The Trademark Reporter, 111(4), 739-777. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3922568
    • Senftleben, M., Poort, J., van Eechoud, M., van Gompel, S., & Helberger, N. (Eds.) (2021). Intellectual Property and Sports: Essays in Honour of P. Bernt Hugenholtz. (Information Law Series; Vol. 46). Wolters Kluwer.



    • Quintais, J. P., Frosio, G., van Gompel, S., Hugenholtz, P. B., Husovec, M., Jütte, B. J., & Senftleben, M. (2019). Safeguarding User Freedoms in Implementing Article 17 of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive: Recommendations From European Academics. Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law, 10(3), 277-282. https://www.jipitec.eu/issues/jipitec-10-3-2019/5042 [details]



    • Metzger, A., & Senftleben, M. (2020). Comment of the European Copyright Society on Selected Aspects of Implementing Article 17 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market Into National Law. (ECS Opinions). European Copyright Society. [details]
    • Senftleben, M. (2020). Institutionalized Algorithmic Enforcement - The Pros and Cons of the EU Approach to UGC Platform Liability. Florida University International Law Review, 14(2), 299-328. [11]. https://doi.org/10.25148/lawrev.14.2.11, https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3565175 [details]
    • Senftleben, M. R. F., & Angelopoulos, C. J. (2020). The Odyssey of the Prohibition on General Monitoring Obligations on the Way to the Digital Services Act: Between Article 15 of the E-Commerce Directive and Article 17 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3717022


    • Hugenholtz, P. B., & Senftleben, M. R. F. (2011). Fair use in Europe: in search of flexibilities. Amsterdam: IViR & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. [details]


    • Senftleben, M. R. F., & Dreier, T. (2001). Das Verhältnis des Urheberrechts zum Vertragsrecht - Grenzen des Vertragsrechts durch Intellectual Property Law. In M. Lejeune (Ed.), Der E-Commerce-Vertrag nach Amerikanischem Recht (pp. 81-120). Köln: Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt. [details]


    • Senftleben, M. R. F., Gompel, S. J. V., Helmond, A., Schumacher, L. D., Ausloos, J., Hoboken, J. V. J. V., & Quintais, J. P. (2021). Webharvesting. (WODC rapport; No. 3142). Universiteit van Amsterdam - Instituut voor Informatierecht (IVIR). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12832/3119


    • Breemen, V. E. (Author), Cohen Jehoram, T. (Author), van Eechoud, M. M. M. (Author), van Engelen, T. C. J. A. (Author), Geerts, P. G. F. A. (Author), Gielen, C. (Author), van Gompel, S. J. (Author), Grosheide, F. W. (Author), Haentjens, M. (Author), Hoyng, W. A. (Author), Hugenholtz, P. B. (Author), Kamperman Sanders, A. (Author), Koster, H. (Author), Krans, H. B. (Author), Kulk, S. (Author), Mak, C. (Author), Poort, J. P. (Author), Prins, J. E. J. (Author), Raas, R. (Author), ... Visser, D. J. G. (Author). (2020). ‘Corona-amendement’ bij artikel 12 lid 5 Auteurswet – online classroom use. Web publication/site, IE-Forum. https://www.ie-forum.nl/artikelen/corona-amendement-bij-artikel-12-lid-5-auteurswet-online-classroom-use [details]



    • Angelopoulos, C., Bently, L., van Gompel, S., Husovec, M., Kretschmer, M., Senftleben, M., & Stalla-Bourdillon, S. (2018). The Copyright Directive: Misinformation and Independent Enquiry: Statement from European Academics to Members of the European Parliament in advance of the Plenary Vote on the Copyright Directive on 5 July 2018. CREATe. http://bit.ly/2loFISF [details]


    • van Gompel, S., Breemen, V., Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht, R., van Kleeff, R., Roerdink, H., Senftleben, M., & Wiersma, N. (2015). Q246: Exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives and education and research institutions. Netherlands. (AIPPI group report). Nederlandse Groep van de Association Internationale pour la protection de la Proprieté Intellectuelle (AIPPI). http://www.aippi.nl/nl/documents/finalizedpdfQ246-Netherlands_18-05-2015.pdf [details]


    • Senftleben, M. R. F. (2001). Diverse bijdragen IRIS. IRIS. [details]


    • Senftleben, M. (speaker) (18-6-2021). Implementatie Buitenland in snap shots, Webinar “Het Auteurscontractenrecht: Transparantie – Vergoedingsaanspraak – Non usus”.
    • Senftleben, M. (speaker) (24-11-2020). TRIPS and the digital landscape, Virtual symposium: 25 years of the TRIPS Agreement.
    • Senftleben, M. (invited speaker) (13-11-2020). Protecting Creator Remuneration Through Copyright: Lessons from Germany, the Netherlands and EU Harmonization Initiatives for South Africa, User Rights Workshop Series, American University Washington College of Law, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP), Washington D.C., U.S.A, Washington.
    • Senftleben, M. (invited speaker) (18-6-2020). Article 17 DSM Directive, Pastiche and More Money for Individual Creators, ‘Protecting Freedom of Expression via the Pastiche Exception in the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’, Brussels.
    • Senftleben, M. (invited speaker) (16-6-2020). The New EU Approach to Internet Platform Liability for Copyright Infringement – The Pros and Cons of Institutionalized Algorithmic Enforcement, TRIPS Webinar Series ‘Intellectual Property and Trade Policy Today’, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva.
    • Senftleben, M. (invited speaker) (11-6-2020). Actuele ontwikkelingen in het merkenrecht, Benelux Merkencongres 2020, Amsterdam.


    • Senftleben, M. (chair) (24-9-2021). The Hugenholtz League Conference “Intellectual Property and Sports”, Amsterdam. Chair of session 1 - Opening speeches (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Senftleben, M. (organiser), Quintais, J. (organiser) & Dommering, E. (organiser) (24-9-2021). The Hugenholtz League Conference “Intellectual Property and Sports”, Amsterdam. Session 4 - IViR Perspectives (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Senftleben, M. (organiser), Poort, J. (organiser), van Eechoud, M. (organiser), van Gompel, S. (organiser) & Helberger, N. (organiser) (24-9-2021). The Hugenholtz League Conference “Intellectual Property and Sports”, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Eechoud, M. (organiser) & Senftleben, M. R. F. (organiser) (3-6-2016). VvA studiemiddag Dienst of Goed?, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • van Eechoud, M. M. M. (organiser) & Senftleben, M. R. F. (organiser) (7-2-2014). Studiemiddag Vereniging voor Auteursrecht, KNAW Amsterdam. Werkbegrip: werk en bewerking (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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    • Pictoright
      Voorzitter Geschillencommissie rechthebbenden
    • Commissie Auteursrecht
    • ATRIP
      Lid van het Executive Committee
    • Ass. Littéraire et Artistique Intern.
      Lid van het Executive Committee
    • St. Trademark Law Institute
      Voorzitter van het bestuur
    • University of Catania
      Gasthoogleraar Faculty of Law
    • Jagiellonian University Krakow
      Docent Faculty of Law
    • Munich Intel. Property Law Center
    • Vereniging voor Auteursrecht
      Lid van het bestuur
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