Judith Blijden
Judith Blijden

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Advisor copyright and digital culture

Judith Blijden

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Judith Blijden is an advisor at Kennisland in the areas of copyright and digital culture. She works together with cultural heritage institutions to improve the legal information of their online collections. She writes policy documents and gives workshops to professionals on the topic of copyright law. Her ultimate goal is to improve the access to information and culture.  

Copyright law is complicated because it is not up to speed with modern technological possibilities. It is often unclear to users, or even to legal professionals to know what they legally can and cannot do in regards to an online object. Judith helps professionals from the cultural heritage sector to improve the legal information of digital cultural objects on Europeana, Europe’s largest online collection of art, culture and science.

She also works at Communia Assocation for the Public Domain, an organisation that advocates for policies that expand the public domain and increase the access to and reuse of culture and knowledge++KL and copyrightRead more about how Kennisland is trying to modernise copyright.. The European Union needs clear copyright law allowing teachers and cultural heritage professionals to focus on their profession instead of the legal status of their educational materials or cultural objects.

Judith graduated from Leiden University with a master’s degree in Philosophy for which she researched the principles behind the freedom of speech and what they would mean for the upcoming trial of far right politician Geert Wilders++WildersGeert Wilders will go on trial for allegedly inciting hatred against the Dutch Moroccan minority. Read more. During her studies she interned at the Permanent Presentation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York where she worked on Security Council reform and the Dutch campaign for a non-permanent seat in the Security Council. She also holds a Master’s degree in Law from Leiden University. She conducted a research for her master thesis on the role of morality in the legal proceedings of the Nuremberg Trial++The Nuremberg trialThe Nuremberg trial was held by the Allied forces after World War II. It prosecuted the prominent members of the Nazi regime. Read more and the status of nazi law during and after the Second World War.

Judith is from Zoetermeer, but currently resides in The Hague. She sings in a choir and plays the piano and the guitar. She enjoys visiting museums and galleries. Her favourite work of art is (of course) Gustav Klimt’s ‘Judith’.