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Netherlands: police copyright vs. police drama series

Dr.-Tinus-Ken-“The viewer will not experience it as real and will even consider it to be weird, amateurish or even ridiculous.”

In a case about the use of the ‘house style’ of the Dutch police, the summary proceedings judge  District Court Amsterdam ruled this week that the Dutch State has to give permission to the producer of the television series ‘Doctor Tinus’ for the use of the police-logo, the police car-striping  and  other elements of the  house style of the Dutch police.

In this case, the Dutch State took the position that the State doesn’t  have to give permission for the usage of elements of the ‘police house style’ and the other features of the police in fictional movies or s [...]

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