About me

IP Squared is the one-man consultancy of Maarten Zeinstra (LL.M. M.Sc.). This is his resume.

My work experience revolves around the concepts of ownership and access. In my daily work I emphasise that access is more important than ownership. This perspective drives me to innovate sectors that are restricted by intellectual property rights to create societal value. I am qualified in all matters of Intellectual Property, including trademarks, patents, copyright and related rights.

Current positions

I spend a good part of my free time working at Open Nederland or Creative Commons Nederland.

  • IP Squared (owner)
    • Copyright coordinator at the Royal Association of Archives in the Netherlands (Project based)
    • National Coordinator (Netherlands) of the Knowledge Rights 21 programme
  • Vice-chair at Association Open Nederland
  • Legal lead at Creative Commons Nederland


Work experience

Next to IP Squared I am of have been active in several organisations .A complete overview of my professional life can be found on LinkedIn.

IP2 (2018 -)

I work as a freelancer under the name of IP Squared. IP2 is a consultancy firm where I combine my skills as an Information Professional with my training as Intellectual Property lawyer.

Overview of some of my projects:

  • Advisor to the Luxembourg Competency network on Digital Heritage
  • Researcher for the National Swedish Heritage Board
  • Researcher for the Province of Gelderland, the Netherlands
  • Advisor to the special collections of the University Library of Leiden
  • Copyright Coordinator at KVAN

North Holland Archives (2019 – 2021)

I worked as a Specialist Information Management at the North Holland Archives (NHA) in a part-time capacity. The NHA holds the archives of 20 regional, provincial and national institutes and is one of the largests of the Netherlands. I advised on technical information management challenges as well as policies on publishing information, knowledge and culture from the archives.

Open Nederland (2018 -)

I founded an association (vereniging) called Open Nederland (Open Netherlands) to support the work of Creative Commons in the Netherlands. I am the vice-chair of the association.

Creative Commons (2009 -)

I’ve been actively working on Creative Commons in the Netherlands since 2009. Until June 2018 this was part of my work at Kennisland. Leaving Kennisland coincided with a global reorganisation, leading to the forming of a Dutch Chapter for Creative Commons.

  • Legal lead (2020 – )
  • Chapter lead (2018 – 2020)
  • Legal advisor (2011 -)
  • Project lead (2012 – 2018)
  • Project member (2009 – 2012)

Kennisland (2009 – 2018)

Projects below were part of my job as advisor copyright and technology at Kennisland: