AWARENESS AND ATTITUDE TO COPYRIGHT IMPLICATIONS OF ONLINE MUSIC DOWNLOAD AMONG UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

Timothy Ekeledirichukwu Onyejelem, Henry Chigozie Duru

Abstract


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.


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