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Session: U Can Touch This! How ‘Open Licensing’ Puts Powerful Tools in the Hands of Smart Media Makers

If you ever saw Leo Blokhuis’ mini-documentaries for Top 2000 a Gogo you will remember a sense of excitement / wonder how a beautiful masterpiece inspires composers and performing artists decade after decade. An old Irish folk song like “Danny Boy” re-recorded by Johnny Cash, “Deck the Halls” a Welsh melody dating back to the sixteenth century and picked up by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and “When The Saints Go Marching In”, re-recorded by Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen, Tears For Fears, and in 2016 by Milwaukee rapper and producer Mike Regal. New times, new inspiration, new business opportunities, new versions. Dutch association Open Nederland, supporting content makers and open licensing (public domain, Creative Commons etc.) initiatives is organizing an interactive session for media makers and agencies to answer questions related to the use of “open” masterpieces in media. Where to find these masterpieces? Can Buma/Stemra, ASCAP, PRS and other CBO’s offer a helping hand? Competitive advantages? A quick start guide to get you up and running in no time. Challenge us by sending us question(s) before our session! Any question related to the subject and relevant to you. Based on your input we can prepare our interactive session with you and the other participants better. Please email your input to hessel@opennederland.nl at latest on May 19.


Hessel van Oorschot (Board Secretary, Open Nederland, NL)


Hessel is an experienced entrepreneur, Dutch digital pioneer and public speaker with a successful background in online business models, digital media and building teams to execute disruptive ideas. Executive Partner at coding company New Media Squad, co-founder & CEO at music licensing company Tribe of Noise and recently appointed board secretary of Open Nederland, the association supporting Creative Commons and similar open licensing initiatives.

Sem Bakker (Composer & Partner / Attorney, Rohe Advocaten, NL)


Sem is, together with Jonathan and Hugo van Heemstra, founding partner of Rohe Advocaten. He taught international students intellectual property law at the Hogeschool Inholland and the Nyenrode New Business School for a long time. Since October 2016, Sem also works as senior lawyer and Data Protection Officer at the Dutch Copyright Supervisory Board (CvTA).
Further, he is vice-chairman at public broadcasting corporation HUMAN. From 1994 to 2009, Sem worked as a professional musician and was a member of the band “Caesar”. Sem regularly scores syncs in American films, commercials, sport programs and television series, for example in Suits.