Awareness and Perception of Copyright Among Library and Information Science Professionals in Tamil Nadu, India

Awareness and Perception of Copyright Among Library and Information Science Professionals in Tamil Nadu, India

S. Thanuskodi (Alagappa University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2201-1.ch001

Abstract

This chapter describes the background, methodology, and results of a preliminary study undertaken in 2018 to determine university faculty awareness and perceptions of copyright as it affects teaching and learning. Copyright remains the cardinal bridge between creation and access to knowledge and knowledge-based materials. However, the issue of copyright awareness has now become a global concern. Since tertiary education revolves around the use of other people's copyrighted works, this study seeks to investigate the level of copyright awareness among Library and Information Science Professionals in Tamil Nadu, India. The study revealed that copyright awareness among LIS professionals is not up to the level expected due to the fact that the academic institution does not have copyright awareness policy to effectively regulate, monitor, and protect its intellectual property, academic and institutional values, as well as to defend its teaching, research, and service mission. This study shows that most of the respondents belonging to ‘below 25 years' (50%) and ‘26 to 35 years' (41.5%) age groups use copyrighted information by ‘seeking permission from copyright holder(s)', followed by ‘crediting original author/authority' (respectively 37.5% and 24.4%).
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2. Review Of Literature

People in all professions and domains of study have sought to determine which of the people working in that profession are likely to have the highest expertise. This curiosity has led to research on characteristics of individual persons, environment in which a task is performed, as well as other characteristics that can be used in order to accurately try to predict expertise in a given domain. Interest in expertise normally tends to be based on the assumption that high levels of expertise will translate to better performance in terms of enhanced efficiency and effectiveness, which would in turn lead to having an edge over competitors. To most employers, having staff with high levels of expertise is a sign of quality and a source of pride for the organization. To other employers, having staff with high levels of expertise is a form of investment that is normally tapped to enable those organizations to be able to recoup or maximize returns on investment.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Fair Use: A doctrine in the law of the United States that permits limited use of copyrighted material without having to first acquire permission from the copyright holder. Fair use is one of the limitations to copyright intended to balance the interests of copyright holders with the public interest in the wider distribution and use of creative works by allowing as a defense to copyright infringement claims certain limited uses that might otherwise be considered infringement.

Library and Information Science: A profession that is full of people passionate about making a positive change in the world.

Copyright: A form of intellectual property that grants the creator of an original creative work an exclusive legal right to determine whether and under what conditions this original work may be copied and used by others, usually for a limited term of years.

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