Claudy Op den Kamp is Principal Academic in Film, and faculty member at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management. During the 2022 Spring semester, she was a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. In 2023, she will be a Fellow at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.

She holds a PhD (Art & Media) from the University of Plymouth on the relationship between copyright ownership, access to archival film, and film historiography. She is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam (Film & Television Studies) and the University of East Anglia (Film Archiving).

She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Intellectual Property at Swinburne Law School in Melbourne, AU, and has worked as Haghefilm Conservation’s Account Manager (NL); as a Film Restoration Project Leader at the Nederlands Filmmuseum, and as a senior research assistant in the DIASTOR film digitisation research project at the Department of Film Studies at the University of Zurich.


Claudy’s research interests include (the role of copyright in) film restoration, access to archival film collections, and found footage filmmaking practices. She is the author of ‘The Greatest Films Never Seen. The Film Archive and the Copyright Smokescreen’ (Amsterdam University Press, 2018), and co-editor of ‘A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects’ (Cambridge University Press, 2019).



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