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Academics’ experience of copyright: A case study of teaching at the University of Greenwich

Vikee Chauhan (University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Peter Willett (Information School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

ISSN: 2514-9342

Article publication date: 23 August 2019

Issue publication date: 10 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to obtain a snapshot of attitudes and comprehension of the University of Greenwich (UoG) academics towards copyright and the impact of same on their teaching, complementing this with a survey of the experience of academic librarians (ALs) throughout the UK when dealing with faculty and copyright.

Design/methodology/approach

Two questionnaires were created and circulated to capture information from two sampled groups: the UoG academic staff and UK-wide ALs. A total of 55 responses were received to the questionnaire distributed to the former, and 83 responses were received to the questionnaire distributed to the latter.

Findings

The majority of the UoG academics believed they possessed a fair, or better than fair, understanding of copyright, with numerous respondents self-taught on the subject. Nevertheless, a significant number thought they might have broken copyright when teaching, while also revealing the belief that copyright was a limitation on their teaching. The AL survey suggested an average comprehension of copyright among academics, while noting that some of the latter felt a degree of antipathy towards copyright.

Originality/value

Although focused on a single institution, this study implies that copyright instruction for academic staff needs to be substantially improved, and it suggests the need for greater visibility of training programmes.

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Citation

Chauhan, V. and Willett, P. (2019), "Academics’ experience of copyright: A case study of teaching at the University of Greenwich", Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, Vol. 68 No. 6/7, pp. 601-616. https://doi.org/10.1108/GKMC-01-2019-0010

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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