Dr Simone Schroff

Dr Simone Schroff

Lecturer in Law

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Lecturer in Law



Teaching interests

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Introduction to Law (minors)
  • Legal Skills (minors)
  • English Legal Systems and Skills
  • Methods of Legal Research (@ University of Amsterdam)



Research interests

Copyright law and policy; copyright-related business models; cultural heritage; methodologies

Grants & contracts

2014–2015: Academic Japanese Language Study at the Kansai Center (Japan Foundation)

2015: Working Paper Development grant (RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy)

2017–2018: Visiting Researcher at Waseda University (Canon Foundation)




S. Schroff (2019), ‘Where to draw the line: the Difference between a Pirate and a Fan’ International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol 26(4), pp. 433- 445.

S. Schroff (2019), ‘An Alternate Universe? Authors as Copyright Owners- the Case of the Japanese Manga Industry’, Creative Industries Journal, Vol 12(1), pp. 125-150.

S. Schroff (2018), ‘Linking legal scenarios to empirical data: process- tracing as a methodology in law’, Law and Methodology, doi: 10.5553/REM/.000033.

L. Guibault and S. Schroff (2018), ‘Extended Collective Licensing for the Use of Out-of-Commerce Works in Europe: A Matter of Legitimacy vis-à-vis Rights Owners’, Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law,doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s4031.

S. Schroff and John Street (2017), ‘The Politics of the Single Market: Culture vs. Competition vs. Copyright’, Information, Communication and Society, Vol. 21, no. 10, pp. 1305- 1321.

S. Schroff, M. Favale and A. Bertoni (2017), ‘The Impossible Quest: Problems with Diligent Search for Orphan Works’, International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Vol. 48, no.3, pp. 286-304.

M. Hviid, S. Schroff and J.Street (2016), ‘Regulating Collective Management by Competition: an Incomplete Answer to the Licensing Problem?’, Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law, Vol. 7, no. 3, 2016, pp. 256- 270.

J. Street, D. Laing and S.Schroff (2016), ‘Regulating for Creativity and Cultural Diversity: the Case of Collective Management Organisations and the Music Industry’, International Journal of Cultural Policy,Vol. 40, No. 3, 2016, pp. 227-259.  

S. Schroff (2013), 'The (Non) Convergence of Copyright Policy',Script-ed, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2013, pp. 411- 434.

A.Flemming and S. Schroff (2008), ‘Eine öffentliche Zentralbibliothek für Dresden?’, BIS- Bibliotheken in Sachsen, Vol. 3, 2009, pp. 145- 148


S. Schroff, Who owns the broadcasting archives?Unravelling copyright ownership of broadcast content (Amsterdam: DeLex,2017).


S. Schroff (2017), ‘Making Public Service Broadcasts Accessible Online- A Study on the Copyright- Related Environment and Industry Practice’, Images for the Future- When Can We Watch?, pp. 1-145.

M. Hviid, S. Schroff and J. Street (2016), ‘Regulating CMOs by competition: an incomplete answer to the licensing problem?’, CREATe Working Paper Series, No. 2016/03 (https://zenodo.org/record/47703/files/CREATe-Working-Paper-2016-03.pdf), pp. 1-31.

M. Favale, S. Schroff and A. Bertoni (2016), ‘Requirements for Diligent Search in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Italy’, EnDOW (http://diligentsearch.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/EnDOW_Report-1.pdf), pp. 1-48.

S. Schroff (2015), ‘Europeana Sounds and Copyrights: The Need for and Challenges in Licensing Archival Material’, Europeana Sounds (http://pro.europeana.eu/files/Europeana_Professional/Projects/Project_list/Europeana_Sounds/Other%20documents%20related%20to%20the%20project/Europeana%20Report%20by%20IVIR%20final.pdf), pp. 1-97.

J. Street, D. Laing and S. Schroff (2015), ‘Collective Management Organisations, Creativity and Cultural Diversity,’ CREATe Working Paper Series, No. 2015/03 (https://zenodo.org/record/17860/files/CREATe-Working-Paper-2015-03.pdf), pp. 1-31.

S. Schroff (2014), ‘Transparency and Collective Management Organisations’, CREATe (http://www.create.ac.uk/blog/2014/10/01/transparency-and-the-collective-management-organisations/; published: 1/10/14) [blog]



Reports & invited lectures

  • S. Schroff, ‘When is a fan a pirate? Copyright (non) enforcement in Japan', Institute for Information Law, Amsterdam 16 November 2018 
  • S. Schroff, ‘Collective Management Organizations: Between Assumptions and Reality’, International Round Table: Digital Single Market and Its Impact on Culture and Media in Croatia, Zagreb 20 May 2018
  • S. Schroff, ‘Making Broadcasts Accessible Online- A Study on the Copyright- Related Environment and Industry Practice’, AVA_Net 2017, Hilversum 19 May 2017
  • S. Schroff, ‘Licensing audio- visual archives from a copyright Perspective: Between Assumptions and Empirical Evidence’, Digital Humanities 2016, Krakow 12 July 2016
  • S. Schroff, ‘Creating Legal Access to Sound Heritage’, National Library of France, Paris 1 October 2015

Other academic activities

Co- Director of the Culture and Knowledge Exchanges (CHEx) group (formerly known as #CHITCHAT)

Member of the HUM Faculty Ethics Committee

Member of the Research Committee