Simone Schroff

Academic profile

Dr Simone Schroff

Associate Professor in Law
School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Simone's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 11: SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

About Simone

Dr Simone Schroff is a researcher in copyright law at the University of Plymouth. She specialises in the qualitative, quantitative and comparative analysis of copyright law and policy. She currently works on the structural position of authors in the creative industries, the overlap between competition and copyright law and copyright education for creative professionals.

Dr Schroff completed a BA in History and Politics at Keele University and an MA in European Governance (with distinction) at the University of Exeter. She has since gained a PhD from the University of East Anglia, where she defended her thesis, ‘The Evolution of Copyright Policy 1880–2010: A Comparison between Germany, the UK, the US and the International Level’. Simone Schroff was awarded the Outstanding Publication by a Postgraduate Research Student Award from the University of East Anglia Law School for her article titled ‘The (Non) Convergence of Copyright Policy’.

She developed her work further at the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe; 2013–2015) on a project covering the regulation of collective management organisations within the EU. At the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam; 2015–2017), Dr Schroff’s work focused on copyright and related rights in the digital context and a range of projects related to digitisation and cultural heritage. She then developed her work further by shifting her focus towards copyright-related business models as a Canon Foundation Fellow, working as a Guest Scholar at Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan; 2017–2018). Her research examined the selective enforcement of copyright – in particular, where copyright owners draw the line between infringing behaviour that can be tolerated and those actions that cannot. She was also interested in how this enforcement relates to business models in the content industries more broadly.

Since Dr Schroff arrived in Plymouth, she has researched copyright-related business models, the role of the author in the creative sectors and worked to ensure cultural heritage institutions have access to copyrighted works in line with the law.


I currently lead and/ or teach on the following modules:

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Dissertation
  • Work-based Action Research
  • Methods of Legal Research (@ University of Amsterdam)
  • Research Methods in Law (LLM Law)
  • European Integration [teaching only]

I have previously led and/or taught:

  • EU Intellectual Property Law
  • Copyright X (in cooperation with Harvard University)
  • Research Lab (interdisciplinary research design, methodology and methods)
  • Work-based learning: Research Law Clinic
  • EU Law [teaching only]
  • English Legal System
  • Introduction to Law (Law minors)
  • Introduction to Contemporary Politics [teaching only]
  • Political Theory [teaching only]

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