Title: College students' misunderstandings about copyright laws for digital library resources
Authors: Wu, Huan-Chueh
Chou, Chien
Ke, Hao-Ren
Wang, Mei-Hung
Institute of Education
Center of General Education
Keywords: Digital libraries;Resources;Copyright law;Colleges;Students;Taiwan
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Purpose - This paper has two-primary purposes: to explore common copyright-related problems that arise when librarians promote die use of digital library resources; and to investigate college students' misconceptions of copyright laws that arise when the students use these resources. Design/methodology/approach - Four librarians in charge of the management of digital library resources were interviewed regarding student-users' problematic copyright-infringement behaviors that these librarians often encountered when they promoted the use of digital library resources. Also, a semi-structured questionnaire with nine questions about copyright-related behaviors was developed and distributed to college students. Students needed not only to identify whether the behavior was acceptable, but also to explain the reasons for their identification. A total of 109 valid sets of data were collected from 18 universities or colleges, the sets comprising responses from 48 undergraduate, 56 postgraduate, and five doctoral students. Findings - The librarian-interview results indicate that students' problematic behaviors included systematic downloading, distribution to unauthorized users, and going beyond the purpose and character of academic use. The student-survey results indicate that students had four major areas of misunderstanding about copyright laws when using digital library resources: the digital resources should be shared; the downloaded digital resources are all legitimately authorized and permitted; all educational use is fair use; and any downloading is permitted as long as students are paying tuition. Originality/value - This paper explores students' understanding and misunderstandings that arose when students used the school digital library resources and discusses implications of these results for librarians and libraries with regard to the design of related instruction. The paper also presents interpretations of students' thoughts and conduct, as well as some future possible research topics.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11536/14135
ISSN: 0264-0473
DOI: 10.1108/02640471011033576
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Begin Page: 197
End Page: 209
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