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Sari Depreeuw


Sari Depreeuw is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office and a member of the firm’s Technology & Brand Protection Group. She focuses on copyright and digital law, with more than 15 years of experience advising and representing a wide range of Belgian, European, and international clients on copyright, neighboring rights, software and database rights, and on all issues relating to the access to, acquisition and use of digital assets.

Sari has in-depth experience working with clients from the media and entertainment, technology, medical services, autonomous vehicles, and digital sectors, including both start-ups and major international companies. She frequently represents clients before the Belgian courts.

Sari is an active member of the Belgian copyright community. She conducted studies for both the European Commission and the Belgian government on the subject of copyright. She is also president of the Belgian Copyright Association, a member of the editorial board of Computerrecht, a peer-reviewed Dutch-Belgian IT journal, and a board member of Jubilee, an artists’ organization. She is a part-time professor at the UCLouvain/Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, where she teaches intellectual property and media law.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a major Belgian book publisher in litigation concerning the publishing and audiovisual rights attached to a graphic character. 
  • Represented an international software company in a dispute with a software integrator and its licensor, and negotiated a settlement.
  • Represented the Belgian government in a question concerning copyright and competition law before the Court of Justice of the European Union. 
  • Analyzed resale rights in order to define the legal obligations of a well-reputed, international art gallery and adapted contracts as necessary.
  • Audited authors’ and performers’ contracts for a broadcasting organization.


  • University of Namur, B.A. (1999)
  • Catholic University of Leuven, LL.M. (2002) cum laude
  • Catholic University of Brussels / Catholic University of Leuven, LL.M. intellectual property law (2006) magna cum laude
  • Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Ph.D. copyright (2011)



Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court

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"The EU Legal Framework for Data, Big Data and Databases," Academy of European Law's Summer Course on European Information Technology Law, Trier, Germany. (September 22, 2022). Speaker: Sari Depreeuw.
"The EU Data Strategy: Part 4 – New Intermediaries to Facilitate DataSharing," Crowell & Moring’s Data Law Insights (September 21, 2022). Author: Sari Depreeuw.
"The EU Data Strategy: Part 3 – B2G and G2B Data Sharing," Crowell & Moring’s Data Law Insights (September 14, 2022). Author: Sari Depreeuw.
"The EU Data Strategy: Part 2 – Data Sharing in a Harmonized Playing Field," Crowell & Moring’s Data Law Insights (September 7, 2022). Author: Sari Depreeuw.
"The EU Data Strategy: Part 1 – A Complex Attempt to Unlock Data," Crowell & Moring’s Data Law Insights (August 31, 2022). Author: Sari Depreeuw.
"The Digital Services Act: EU Regulation of Intermediary Service Providers Imminent," (July 7, 2022). Contacts: Sari Depreeuw, Karl Stas, Sander Vogt
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Proposed European Health Data Space Regulation," Health Care Alert (June 13, 2022). Contacts: Sari Depreeuw, Jurgen Figys, Jodi G. Daniel, Patricia L. Wu
Client Alert / Newsletter
"EU Data Strategy: How the Data Governance Act and the Data Act will Facilitate the Access to and the Reuse of Data," Crowell & Moring Webinar 2022. (May 5, 2022). Speaker: Sari Depreeuw.
"Selected IP/IT Topics in a Digital Environment," Crowell & Moring Webinar (February 24, 2022). Speakers: Kristof Roox, Jan-Diederik Lindemans, Sari Depreeuw, Maarten Stassen.
"AI, robots en auteurs: bescherming van creativiteit," Computerrecht (2021/206). Author: Sari Depreeuw.

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