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Copyright and e‐learning: professors' level of knowledge about the new Spanish law

J. Carlos Fernández‐Molina (Faculty of Communication and Information Studies, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)
E. Muriel (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)
J. Vives‐Gracia (Catalonia Government Library, Barcelona, Spain)
P. Riera (CEDRO, Madrid, Spain)
O. Martín (Center of Virtual Learning, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 7 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine the level of knowledge, among university professors, about copyright problems related to e‐learning activities.

Design/methodology/approach

An online questionnaire was used to survey professors teaching subjects online.

Findings

There is a considerable lack of knowledge on the part of professors regarding copyright issues, both in general terms and in specific matters related to digital learning. Strong discrepancies are found between the text of the law and the notion actually held by professors as to how legislators have formulated the law.

Originality/value

This information may be useful for professors themselves as well as for persons managing the e‐learning platforms of universities. It demonstrates that the law was reformed without any discussion with those actually engaged in online teaching.

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Citation

Carlos Fernández‐Molina, J., Muriel, E., Vives‐Gracia, J., Riera, P. and Martín, O. (2011), "Copyright and e‐learning: professors' level of knowledge about the new Spanish law", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 63 No. 4, pp. 340-353. https://doi.org/10.1108/00012531111148930

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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