Newcomers to the Netherlands bring many new things with them. For example, they make new ethnic media (blogs, websites, YouTube channels) where they share news and information about the Netherlands. But be warned, not all content on the internet is free to use and publish. The administrators of websites and social media platforms must be alert for copyright violations. If you fail to observe the copyright laws, you can get into a great deal of trouble.

Watch the story of Jetty:

Jetty Kuiper is an entrepreneur who posted a photo on her website. She had found the photo on a website. She found the photo on a website. She posted this, because she thought that it was allowed and therefore had not asked for permission beforehand. Years later she received an email from a lawyer stating that she had to pay 820 euro for the use of the photo.

Jetty does not agree with this and takes the case to the Rijdende Rechter (Mobile Judge). This is a television program in which the judge makes a ruling in the case right away. This program has Dutch subtitles.

Article 1 from the Copyright law says:

Copyright is the exclusive right of the author of a literary, scientific or artistic body of work or his successors in title to communicate that work to the public and to reproduce it, subject to the limitations laid down by law.


So before you put a photo, or a film or some text belonging to someone else, you must always first obtain the permission of the maker. Often you must also pay compensation. If you fail to obtain the permission of the maker or the rightful claimant, and you still use the photos, video’s or text belonging to someone else on your website you can receive an enormous fine.