Schipper Legal focuses on the creative 'nightlife' industry
Clubs, festivals, events, DJ’s, VJ’s, producers, artists, management and booking agencies, publishers and labels. Schipper Legal provides advice and litigation on the protection of intellectual property (such as copyrights, trade marks, design rights, concepts/formats and other ‘DNA’ of events, artist branding), as well as advice and litigation on music rates, music rights (such as copyrights and neighbouring rights), music agreements, general terms and conditions, strategic business cooperations, governmental permits and licenses, privacy, Big Data, internet and social media.
Schipper Legal will be able to cooperate closely with similar specialists related to insurances, tax law, accounting, financial business, administrative law and trade mark and design registrations. The power of a strong business network. Both national and international.
Schipper Legal was founded in 2013 by Bjorn Schipper.
Bjorn Schipper is an entertainment lawyer since 2001 and specialized in intellectual property rights, music, entertainment, media, design, fashion and photography. Bjorn’s professional nickname is ‘the Nightlife Lawyer’. He got this nickname from the official Amsterdam Night Mayor. Way back, before starting his study of law, Bjorn discovered electronic dance music. As a teenager, during the eighties, he recorded special mixtapes with DJ-sets broadcasted on radio. Followed by his regular attendance on the dance floors at home and abroad. Bjorn’s nightlife passion was born. In an era during which Dutch DJ’s and dance events have conquered the world in a sustainable way, during his study of law Bjorn succeeds to combine his passion for music with his knowledge of law: the protection of intellectual property.
“A few years ago I met Mirik Milan, our current Amsterdam Night Mayor, at a dance event (Gaslamp Killer at Paradiso, during 5daysoff). On the dance floor I told him about my legal practice and he screamed to me: ‘So you must be the Nightlife Lawyer!’” Source: De Ondernemende Advocaat
At the University of Amsterdam Bjorn wrote his thesis about the copyright and neighbouring rights protection of the turntable art of DJ’s. In 2002 his thesis titled ‘Turntable Art or Twisted Art” was published in two parts in the legal journal Ars Aequi. His career as an entertainment lawyer started in 2001. At law firm Van der Steenhoven Advocaten in Amsterdam he originally worked in the field of the protection of industrial and graphic design. After his move in 2007 to Bousie Advocaten in Amsterdam, a boutique law firm on media and entertainment law, Bjorn focused on music and entertainment. In 2013 he founded his own boutique IP law firm Schipper Legal. With that, the creative nightlife industry will not only have its own lawyer but also its own law firm.
“During my study of law, I attended dance events like most of my fellow students. However, the IP courses never paid attention to the legal aspects related to electronic dance music.”, Bjorn explained. “So in my thesis I made the missing link: I argued that DJ’s are creating their own musical composition by playing and incorporating several records in their DJ-sets, like a painter does when creating a painting or a composer does when creating a musical work. It’s like painting with sounds. Talking about a DJ-set as a whole, a DJ should be entitled to the same rights like a painter or a composer. The case of my dreams will be the representation of a DJ who is trying to get his or her DJ-set (as a whole composition) copyright protected with our copyright society Buma/Stemra.” Source: De Ondernemende Advocaat
Entertainment lawyer in the media
Bjorn’s articles have been published in printed media like Muziekwereld, FRET, AMI and online media like Boek9.nl, IE-Forum.nl, Auteursrechtdebat.nl and DJBroadcast International. As an entertainment lawyer he often take part in interesting panels en provides (guest) lectures and workshops at music conferences like ADE, Eurosonic/Noorderslag, Buma Music in Motion, Muzikantendag, Rotterdam Beats, Dancefair and Paaspop Academy. Furthermore Bjorn provides special (guest) lectures and courses at highschools and for legal professionals.
Bjorn provides several media with his comments on news and hot topics about music, entertainment and law. He did several interviews on television (SBS Shownieuws, RTL Boulevard and RTV NH), radio (BNR, 3FM) as well as for online and offline media (3voor12.nl, Volkskrant, NRC Next, DJBroadcast).
As an experienced entertainment lawyer, Bjorn holds several managing positions. He is charged with the supervision over the Amsterdam Nightmayor as a member of the supervisory board the Foundation N8BM. Bjorn is also a member of the board of the Vereniging Nederlandse Poppodia- en Festivals (VNPF), a society for Dutch music venues and festivals. Furthermore, Bjorn is still a member of the supervisory board of the Foundation Streetlab, a special platform for young (street) designers.
Membership law associations
Bjorn is a member of several special law associations, such as the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL), the Dutch Copyright Society (VvA) and the Dutch Society on Media and Communication Law (VMC).