Martin Dahl Pedersen specialises in intellectual property law, litigation and arbitration within a commercial law context. Martin became a partner in 2002. He has many years' experience in advising clients in the media and entertainment industries, particularly the newspaper, publishing and sports sectors.


Martin has extensive experience in drafting and advising on both sides of sponsorship agreements. He has special expertise in the contractual implications of digital challenges and opportunities within the media and entertainment environment. He seeks to develop and maintain a unique understanding of his clients' industries, ensuring that his advice is focused on each client's needs and adds value to their business.

In addition to providing advice and negotiating agreements, Martin has also conducted cases before Danish and international courts, arbitration tribunals and commissions, including the European Court of Justice, the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and national and international complaints boards for domain names.

Martin has conducted media and copyright cases of general public importance in which significant principles have been determined, such as the use of digital technology in connection with copyright material and the limits of artistic freedom of expression in relation to the right to privacy.

Legal 500 2020

Media & Entertainment, Leading Individual

Martin is a hardworking, unpretentious and empathic lawyer and a fair and good colleague.

Legal 500 2020

Intellectual Property, Leading Individual

Martin Dahl Pedersen is recommended as a leading individual within intellectual property.

Chambers Europe 2020

TMT: Media, Band 1

Martin Dahl Pedersen is a respected practitioner specialising in media law. He regularly acts for clients on disputes concerning injunctions and damages claims, as well as contractual and intellectual property matters. "He is extremely knowledgeable about the law and he uses this knowledge in a very commercial way," remarks one interviewee.

Chambers Global 2020

Intellectual Property

Martin Dahl Pedersen is particularly popular with clients from the media and publishing industry for advice on copyright law. A client says he is a "top lawyer" and particularly highlights that he is "very available."

Legal 500 2019

Media & Entertainment, Leading Individual

The Danish Players Association, Danske Medier and Fremantle are key clients of Kromann Reumert. Group leader Martin Dahl Pedersen also recently represented Aller Media in matters relating to its publication SEogHØR, which was involved in a phone hacking scandal; and acted for Dorte Riis Madsen, who is the former manager of Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen, in a contractual dispute.

Legal 500 2019

Intellectual Property, Leading Individual

Kromann Reumert covers the full spectrum of IP law for clients including Pandora and McDonald's. A noteworthy name is Martin Dahl Pedersen, who is an expert in copyright and domain name disputes.

Legal 500 2019

Dispute Resolution

Kromann Reumert handles disputes and arbitrations for a client roster, which includes Dong Energy, Jyske Bank and SAS Denmark. Media and entertainment specialist Martin Dahl Pedersen defended the Danish media against an injunction brought by The Danish Civil Security Service relating to a book, which contained confidential information.

Chambers Europe 2019

TMT: Media, Band 1

Martin Dahl Pedersen  is well respected for his expertise in the media sector, including assisting with privacy issues and intellectual property infringement cases. Market commentators describe him as "a well-versed and good litigator," who "knows the game and is easy to work with."

Chambers Global 2019

Intellectual Property

Martin Dahl Pedersen receives praise from clients for being "extremely knowledgeable, solution-oriented, pleasant to work with and always very well prepared." Pedersen is well known for advising clients on copyright cases in media law.

Chambers Europe 2018

TMT: Media

Martin Dahl Pedersen has recently been focused on high-profile litigation mandates, where he represents media corporates in broadcast and distribution rights disputes as well as civil disputes. He represented Aller Media in several private damages disputes relating to invasion of privacy, which followed a criminal case related to methods used by one of the company's magazines to gain information on high-profile individuals.

Chambers Global 2018

Intellectual Property

Martin Dahl Pedersen is praised by sources who consider him "an excellent lawyer with all the skills we need," adding: "I can only give him the very best credentials." He advises clients on copyright issues and he is also well known for his media and entertainment law practice.

Legal 500 2017

Intellectual Property, Leading Individual

‘Top-notch firm’ Kromann Reumert often handles patent litigation for domestic and international clients. Clients recommend Martin Dahl Pedersen.

Legal 500 2017

Media & Entertainment

The ‘incredible’ team at Kromann Reumert is instructed by a broad range of clients in the television, sports and gaming sectors, with a particular expertise in litigation. The ‘timely’ Martin Dahl Pedersen has been representing the Danish Football Players Association in arbitration with the Danish Football Association over the players’ commercial rights.

Chambers Global 2017

Intellectual Property

Martin Dahl Pedersen has a particular focus on sport, media and entertainment law. He has extensive litigation experience and is further noted for his expertise in copyright and privacy issues. 

Chambers Europe 2017

TMT

Martin Dahl Pedersen specialises in contract issues affecting the media and entertainment industries. He also handles litigation and has been involved in cases concerning copyright and the breach of data protection rules. 

Chambers Europe 2016

TMT: Media

Martin Dahl Pedersen specialises in contract-related issues arising in the media and entertainment sectors. Recent experience includes defending Aller Media against accusations of breaching data protection rules.

Chambers Europe 2016

Intellectual Property

Martin Dahl Pedersen's practice focuses on copyright, media and entertainment law. He receives praise from clients: "We trust him. He has good knowledge of our business and our needs, unlike other lawyers who need an explanation of the business reality before they can work." Recent highlights include representing Georg Jensen in a dispute with a franchisee in China.

Legal 500 2016

Intellectual Property

Martin Dahl Pedersen represented Georg Jensen in arbitration with a Chinese master franchisee following the termination of the master franchise agreement. Clients also include Pandora, McDonald’s and Gyldendal. 

Legal 500 2015

Intellectual Property

Martin Dahl Pedersen recently represented the Danish Football Players’ Association in a dispute with the Danish Association of Football Clubs.

Legal 500 2015

Media and Entertainment

Martin Dahl Pedersen is representing the Danish men’s national handball team in a case involving an alleged infringement of the players’ publicity rights. He is also representing Aller Media in a high-profile press ethics case. 

Chambers Global 2015

Intellectual Property

Martin Dahl Pedersen specialises in copy­right issues in the media and entertainment sectors, with a particular focus on sports law and domain name disputes. Sources say he is "very skilled and a good negotiator."

Chambers Global & Europe 2013

Intellectual Property

Martin Dahl Pedersen is highly regarded for his work in copyright and media law. Clients say: "He is an absolute joy to work with – extremely pleasant and proactive."

Legal 500 2014

Intellectual Property

Kromann Reumert’s seven-partner team has ‘strong business acumen and superior knowledge’ is considered to be ‘better prepared than its opponents’. Martin Dahl Pedersen, who wins praise for his ‘market insights and accuracy’, represented Danish newspapers in litigation against Infopaq before the Supreme Court and the ECJ.

Chambers Europe 2014

TMT

Martin Dahl Pedersen represents clients in the media sector with a particular focus on copyright issues. In a recent work highlight he represented the Danish Newspaper Publisher Association in a copyright litigation case.

Legal 500 2013

Intellectual Property

Copyright lawyer Martin Dahl Pedersen won a case for rightsholders in the first copyright litigation in Denmark concerning illegal sampling of music.

Legal 500 2013

Media & Entertainment

Kromann Reumert’s practice head Martin Dahl Pedersen is representing the Danish Association of Newspapers (DDF) against Infopaq in Danish Supreme Court and ECJ cases regarding the electronic scanning of newspaper articles.

Chambers Global 2013

TMT

The "pragmatic and client-oriented" Martin Dahl Pedersen is acknowledged as the leading figure in Danish media law. He has been busy of late acting for numerous high-profile clients, including assisting the Danish Association of Newspapers with its copyright litigation against news service Infopaq.

Activities
  • Board member of the Danish Magazine and Newspaper Publishers' Security Fund 
  • Member of the Danish Copyright Society 
  • Member of the Danish Association for Entertainment and Media Law
  • Member of the Danish Sports Law Association
  • Member of the Danish Arbitration Association
  • Member of the Danish Association of Litigation Lawyers
  • Former member of the committee amending Part 3 of the Danish Copyright Act (the Part 3 Committee) 
  • Former member of the copyright task force for heritage digitisation set up by the Danish Ministry of Culture 
  • Author of articles on copyright, media law, domain names, imitation, publishing law, sports law, and sponsorship agreements
  • Teacher of courses and frequent lecturer on copyright, media and press law, publishing law, rights challenges in relation to digital development and sponsorship agreements
Publications
  • Domænenavne: En juridisk håndbog (Domain Names: A Legal Handbook) (co-author), 2nd edition, Thomson Reuters 2009
  • Retsbeskyttelse af møbeldesign i udvalgte lande (Legal Protection of Furniture Design in Selected Countries) (co-author), The Danish Furniture Association, 2000
  • Bogen om ophavsretten (The Book on Copyright), Editio, 1998
  • Personlighedsret (Personality Law) (co-author), Thomson, 2007
Background
  • Partner 2002 
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Trade Regulation from New York University 1997
  • Master of Laws (cand. jur.) from the University of Copenhagen 1993
  • Prosecutor for the European Court of Justice 
Admission and right of audience
  • Right of audience before the Danish Supreme Court 2007
  • Admitted to practise law 1996
Languages
  • English
  • The Scandinavian languages

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