Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M.

Partner | Attorney at Law (Germany) • Certified Copyright and Media Lawyer • Certified Industrial Property Rights Lawyer

With over 25 years’ experience, Jan Bernd Nordemann is known as one of the leading copyright lawyers in Germany. He also has an excellent reputation in trade mark law and competition law.

He has achieved many landmark court victories for his clients and is currently leading a number of major out-of-court consultation projects. He also employs his expertise when drafting contractual agreements and verifying chains of title. Jan Bernd Nordemann’s clients include national and international companies and associations, in particular from the areas of film, literature, journalism, consumer goods and construction (architecture). Many of his clients have been placing their trust in him for many years.

As a practitioner with high academic standards, Jan Bernd Nordemann is a popular speaker at conferences and seminars. He is the editor and author of many works in the areas of copyright law, trade mark law and competition law. These include, for example, Fromm/Nordemann, one of the leading copyright law commentaries in Germany. He was Chair of the international Copyright Committee of the AIPPI for 10 years from 2011 to 2021.

Humboldt University Berlin appointed him an honorary professor in 15 years ago. He gives classes at Humboldt University primarily on copyright law.

He speaks German and English.


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  • Publications

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    • Co-editor and co-author of “Fromm/Nordemann“, Copyright Law [“Fromm/Nordemann”, Urheberrecht]
    • Co-author of the antitrust law commentary “Loewenheim/Meessen/Riesenkampff/Kersting/Meyer-Lindemann
    • Co-author of the standard work Nordemann: Competition Law – Trademark Law” [“NordemannWettbewerbsrecht – Markenrecht]
    • Author of numerous chapters in the standard work Loewenheim: Manual of Copyright” [“LoewenheimHandbuch des Urheberrechts]
    • Co-author in the field of copyright contract law in “Munich Contract Handbook” [Münchner Vertragshandbuch]
    • Co-author in “Bröcker/Czychowski/Schäfer: Handbook Intellectual Property on the Internet” [Bröcker/Czychowski/Schäfer: Handbuch Geistiges Eigentum im Internet”]
    • Author of “The Routledge Handbook of EU copyright law” Chapter 18 – Website blocking under EU copyright law
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/Christian Czychowski, Scope of protection and unauthorized modification in computer programs, GRUR 2022, 457
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/Julian Waiblinger, Legislation and case law of the highest courts in copyright law [“Gesetzgebung und Rechtsprechung im Urheberrecht“], NJW 2022, 744
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Christian CzychowskiCurrent Legislation and Jurisprudence of the Highest Courts in Copyright Law [“Aktuelle Gesetzgebung und höchstrichterliche Rechtsprechung im Urheberrecht”], NJW 2021, 740
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann / Julian Waiblinger, Art. 17 DSM-RL – Tension with the existing law [Spannungsverhältnis zum bisherigen Recht?], GRUR 2020, 569
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Viktoria Kraetzig, Die große Kunst der Maschinen, available at https://zeitung.faz.net
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Julian Waiblinger, The development of case law of lower and higher courts in copyright law in 2019 [“Die Entwicklung der unter- und obergerichtlichen Rechtsprechung zum Urheberrecht im Jahr 2019”], GRUR-RR 2020, 185
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Julian WaiblingerCurrent Legislation and Jurisprudence of the Highest Courts in Copyright Law [“Aktuelle Gesetzgebung und höchstrichterliche Rechtsprechung im Urheberrecht”], NJW 2020, 737
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Christian CzychowskiCurrent Legislation and Jurisprudence of the Highest Courts in Copyright Law [“Aktuelle Gesetzgebung und höchstrichterliche Rechtsprechung im Urheberrecht”], NJW 2019, 725
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Christian CzychowskiThe development of case law of lower and higher courts in copyright law in 2018 [“Die Entwicklung der unter– und obergerichtlichen Rechtsprechung zum Urheberrecht im Jahr 2018”], GRUR-RR 2019, 193
    • The liability of general access providers for website blocking [Die Haftung allgemeiner Zugangsprovider auf Website-Sperren“], GRUR 2018, 1016
    • The CJEU judgments GS Media, Filmspeler and ThePirateBay: a new European liability concept in copyright law for communication to the public [„EuGH-Urteile GS Media, Filmspeler und ThePirateBay: ein neues europäisches Haftungskonzept im Urheberrecht für die öffentliche Wiedergabe“], GRUR Int. 2018, 526
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Julian Waiblinger, Legislation and jurisprudence of the highest courts in copyright law in 2017 [„Gesetzgebung und höchstrichterliche Rechtsprechung im Urheberrecht 2017“], NJW 2018, 756
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Julian Waiblinger, The development of case law of lower and higher courts in copyright law in 2017 [“Die Entwicklung der unter- und obergerichtlichen Rechtsprechung zum Urheberrecht im Jahr 2017”]GRUR-RR 2018, 177
    • Stanislaus Jaworski/ Jan Bernd Nordemann, Aider-and-abettor liability of intermediaries for rights infringements on the Internet [„Gehilfenhaftung von Intermediären bei Rechtsverletzungen im Internet“], GRUR 2017, 567
    • Education and Science without Market Economy [Bildung und Wissenschaft ohne Marktwirtschaft], NJW 2017, 1586
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Julian Waiblinger, Advertising on websites with copyright infringing offers on the internet [“Werbung auf Websites mit urheberrechtswidrigen Internetangeboten”], MMR 2017, 211

    Kluwer Copyright Blog

    • YouTube’s first Copyright Transparency Report 2021 – A step towards “factfulness”, available on the Kluwer Copyright Blog at http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com
    • Duties of DNS resolvers and CDN providers – the CoA Cologne (Germany) finds Cloudflare accountable, available on the Kluwer Copyright Blog at http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com
    • Art. 17 DSM Directive: International Application in EU cross-border scenarios – Or: Why the EU needs a faithful implementation into national law, available on the Kluwer Copyright Blog at http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com
    • Rogue Websites: Domain registrars have a duty to disconnect, says German BGH, available on the Kluwer Copyright Blog at http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com
    • AIPPI: No copyright protection for AI works without human input, but related rights remain, available on the Kluwer Copyright Blog at http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com
    • Jan Bernd NordemannStefanie Jehle, “VG Media/Google: German press publishers’ right declared unenforceable by the CJEU for formal reasons – but it will soon be re-born”, available on the Kluwer Copyright Blog at http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com 
  • Lectures
    • Humboldt University of Berlin: “Copyright infringements: Internet and Liability” (Summer Semester 2022)
    • Humboldt University of Berlin: “Introduction to Copyright Law (winter semester 2021/2022)
    • Humboldt University of Berlin: “Copyright infringements: Internet and Liability” (Summer Semester 2021)
    • Humboldt University of Berlin: “Copyright infringements: Internet and Liability” (Summer Semester 2020)
    • Humboldt University of Berlin: “Copyright infringements: Internet and Liability” (Summer Semester 2019) 
    • Humboldt University of Berlin: “Introduction to Copyright Law (winter semester 2018/2019)
    • Humboldt University of Berlin: “Copyright infringements: Internet and Liability” (Summer Semester 2018)
    • Humboldt University of Berlin: “Introduction to Copyright Law (winter semester 2017/2018)
    • Humboldt University of Berlin: “Unfair Competition Law” (Summer Semester 2017) 
  • Awards
    • The JUVE Handbuch 2021 has once again named Jan as one of the leading German copyright lawyers and as a frequently recommended attorney in media law, contract law and competition law
    • WirtschaftsWoche (12.03.2021/No. 11, Dossier Legal All Stars, p. 9) names him Legal All-Star 2020 in copyright law
    • Best Lawyers® 2021 lists Nordemann among the selected lawyers in the field of Entertainment Law, Copyright Law and Media Law. https://www.bestlawyers.com
    • The JUVE Handbook 2019/2020 again calls Jan Bernd Nordemann “one of the leading copyright lawyers in Germany”; he has also been repeatedly counted by the JUVE Handbook as one of the frequently recommended lawyers in trademark, contract and competition law, pp. 329, 695, 876, 879.
    • WirtschaftsWoche (23.10.2019/No. 44, p. 106 f.) ranks him among the best lawyers for copyright law in Germany in 2019.
    • Awarded Lawyer of the Year in the category “Entertainment” (Berlin) in 2014-15 and 2017. https://www.bestlawyers.com
    • Legal 500 Deutschland 2018/2019 awards him special recognition in advising on copyright issues in press and publishing law and entertainment as well as trademark and competition law. https://www.legal500.de
    • According to the World Trademark Review 1000 (2019) he is one of the most important trademark attorneys in Germany. https://www.worldtrademarkreview.com
    • According to the Kanzleimonitor 2015/2016, Nordemann receives the most personal recommendations from legal departments in the category “Intellectual Property”. 
  • Memberships
    • Legal Director of the Erich Pommer Institute for Media Law, Media Economics and Media Research in Potsdam (EPI) 
    • Chairman of the Standing Committee “Copyright” of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) from 2011 to 2021
    • Member of the Committee for Copyright and Publishing Law of GRUR (more than 10 years as Deputy Chairman)
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