Onyejelem and Duru (2018)
|Onyejelem and Duru (2018)|
|Title:||Awareness and Attitude to Copyright Implications of Online Music Download among Undergraduate Students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka|
|Author(s):||Timothy Ekeledirichukwu Onyejelem, Henry Chigozie Duru|
|Citation:||Onyejelem, T.E. and Duru, H.C. (2018) Awareness and Attitude to Copyright Implications of Online Music Download among Undergraduate Students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Review 8(2), pp1-15|
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|About the Data|
|Data Description:||The study involves a survey of 300 undergraduate students at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. The survey was designed to examine the students’ knowledge of the copyright status of online music downloads.|
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|Cross Country Study?:||No|
|Government or policy study?:||No|
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“Against the backdrop of the growing place of the Internet as a source of music and other entertainment contents among young people in Nigeria, this study focused on the awareness of the undergraduate students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka regarding the copyright implications of online music download as well as their extent of compliance with copyright regulations in relation to such download. The study was designed as a survey with close-ended questionnaire distributed to 300 respondents. Findings showed almost all UNIZIK undergraduate students engage in online music download, and that there is some appreciable level of awareness about the copyright implications of online music download among them. However, it was found that the students largely do not comply with copyright regulations regarding online music download. The study concluded that the general poor compliance with copyright requirements in the country might not be as a result of lack of awareness, as many Nigerians might be enlightened on their copyright obligations but are merely lacking the disposition to comply with what they know. It was recommended that there should be an intensified mass campaign aimed at not just educating the populace on their copyright obligations, but also to convince them on why they should act in accordance with these obligations. This way, the gap between awareness and practice, as found in this study, might be bridged.”
Main Results of the Study
The majority of respondents (93.6%) surveyed have downloaded music online, with 70% retaining this music permanently on an electronic device (such as a phone).
Although most of the respondents (70.3%) are aware that there may be copyright implications attached to the downloaded music, the majority are not deterred by the knowledge that this action may be infringing on the rights of the copyright holder (e.g. only 18% of respondents would not share infringing material). This suggests that the respondents, whilst aware of the possible implications, choose to ignore them.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
The study recommends: (a) a large campaign aimed at educating the public on copyright matters, (b) an amendment to the Nigerian Copyright Act to reflect developments in the digital world, and (c) technical measures for monitoring and enforcing copyright protection online.