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Copyright law and the Academic Libraries: a perspective

Author(s): Lalitha Aswath | Anjaneya Reddy.N.M

Journal: Trends in Information Management
ISSN 0973-4163

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 111;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Copyright law | copyright and academic libraries | copyright and digital libraries | Indian copyright act

Purpose: The purpose is to emphasize the significance of copyright laws in theacademic environment. The origin of the copyright law dates back to 1662 or1710 of Queen Anne who set a pattern for formal copyright statutes at theinternational level and in India copyright regime came into practice with theIndian copyright act 1957, amended five times has richly influenced by Britishcopyright act. But not many (even librarians) are aware of its existence and itsenforcement, influence on library collection and library services. In India the legalposition under the act is that only very specific activities are permitted as regardsto libraries and library services and much needs to be done for copyrightawareness.Methodology: This study has used general survey of literature and public opinionwith regards to copyright issues.Findings: Not many were aware of the issues relating to copyright laws.Keywords: Copyright law, copyright and academic libraries, copyright and digitallibraries, Indian copyright act.Paper Type: Conceptual.

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