86 J.L. Pol'y & Globalization 183 (2019)
Awareness of Copyright Laws among Select Nigerian University Students

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Journal of Law, Policy and Globalization                                                  www.Lste
ISSN2224-3240 (Paper) ISSN2224-3259 (Online)  DOI: 10.7176/JLPG
Vol.86, 2019



  Awareness of Copyright Laws among Select Nigerian University

                                            Students


                                          Allen Nnanwuba Adum
                                    Department of Mass Communication,
                                    Nnamdi  Azikiwe University, Awka,
                                          Anambra  State, Nigeria


                                          Ogochukwu  Ekwenchi
                                    Department of Mass Communication,
                                    Nnamdi  Azikiwe University, Awka,
                                          Anambra  State, Nigeria


                                             Emeka  Odogwu
                                    Department of Mass Communication,
                                    Nnamdi  Azikiwe University, Awka,
                                          Anambra  State, Nigeria


                                            Kobimdi  Umeh
                                    Department of Mass Communication,
                                    Nnamdi  Azikiwe University, Awka,
                                          Anambra  State, Nigeria

Abstract
Copyright laws have been  in existence in Nigeria since independence and gone through several reviews.
Although the policy of permitted use in the copyright law allows the reproduction of publications for
educational and private use, studies have shown that students of tertiary institutions infringe on the copyright
law. This study investigated the extent to which university students, precisely, Nnamdi Azikiwe University
undergraduate students are aware of copyright laws. We used the survey research method to study a sample size
of 400 drawn from a student population of over thirty thousand. Questionnaire was administered as instrument
for data collection. Results revealed that most of these students were aware of copyright laws and the
consequences of violating the law, yet compliance with the law was low among them. It was also revealed that
even though photocopying is the number one activity which violates copyright laws on campuses of tertiary
institutions, not much is being done to enforce the law.
Keywords:  Copyright laws, photocopying, publications, promotion of knowledge
DOI:  10.7176/JLPG/86-19
Publication date:June 30th 2019

1. Introduction
Oftentimes, Nigerian lecturers and course designers use copyrighted materials to teach and also to design
courses. As a result of this, the Students also often consult copyrighted materials to meet their educational course
work  requirements. Consequently, in such an environment, lack of  copyright awareness may  result in
uncontrollable copyright infringement.
For instance, one can easily notice that the absence of proper copyright/intellectual property right policy at
Nigerian universities among has contributed to the mushrooming of commercial photocopy centres and other
copyright infringement activities among Students. This was confirmed in a cursory survey, where it came to light


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