I am Erik Valgaeren
Data Protection specialist
Technology, Media and Telecommunications specialist

Erik Valgaeren

With a thorough understanding of technology in many areas, Erik advises a broad spectrum of clients from high-profile businesses to financial institutions. 

His practice focuses on IT, internet, e-commerce and electronic communications law. Erik also deals with intellectual property issues relating to these areas driven by the increasing interaction between infrastructure and the content/information communicated.

Furthermore, Erik drafts complex contracts, assists clients with legislation and regulatory aspects, and litigates both before national courts and arbitral tribunals.

He regularly advises on a range of projects including web and cloud services, outsourcing, IT security, system integration, software implementation, information management, databases, health IT, privacy, consortia and partnerships.

Erik is officer and former chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and has a teaching mandate at the Thomas More College Mechelen. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1992.

  • Languages: Dutch, French, English, German
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar: 1992
  • Partner since: 2001

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17.12.2014 Newsletter
The new Regulation on electronic identification and trust services – eIDAS

The European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EU) No. 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (the “eIDAS Regulation”) on 23 July 2014. This eIDAS Regulation repeals the E-Signatures Directive 1999/93/EC and creates a comprehensive legal framework for both electronic identification and authentication services.

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17.12.2014 Newsletter
Public libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without right holders’ consent

Article 5 of the EU Copyright Directive 2001/29 (the “Directive”) contains an exhaustive list of exceptions and limitations to the right holders’ rights of reproduction and communication to the public. However, these exceptions and limitations may only be applied to certain special cases that do not conflict with a normal exploitation of the work and that do not unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the right holder.

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17.12.2014 Newsletter
The Antwerp Commercial Court finds that Bhaalu cannot lawfully rely upon the “private copy” exception enshrined in the Belgian Copyright Act

Right Brain Interface NV is a young technology company that has created a remote DVR (digital video recording) storage service called “Bhaalu”. In essence this service allows its subscribers to record the television programs they can watch according to their TV channels’ subscription and to store these programs on servers owned by the unincorporated association of Bhaalu users (“in the cloud”). This way, Bhaalu users can watch TV programs on demand up to 3 months after they have been aired.

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