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Photocopy and Copyright Violation in Academic Libraries: A Case Study of Fatiu Ademola Akesode Library in Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria

K. O. Akalumhe; A. A. Bamgbose; A. M. Sulaiman and S. A. Gbenu

Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society

This study aims at evaluating the levels of photocopying and violation of Copyright Law in Nigeria at the Lagos State University Library, Ojo. This study is a descriptive survey. The population comprises all students of Lagos State University, Ojo. The number of students is listed according to their faculties. A sample of 1,300 respondents is randomly sampled from a total of 35,000 students enrolled for full time programmes. The instrument for data collection is the questionnaire. Frequency table and simple percentage are used to analyse the data. Findings reveal that majority of the respondents are aware of the existence of copyright law in Nigeria but continue to rely mostly on photocopying of copyrighted materials for their studies. They unanimously admit that there are reprimands for copyright violation though mild. Consequentlly, Nigerian copyright commission should intensify its efforts in ensuring that libraries at tertiary institutions in Nigeria penalize any form of copyright violation by photocopier operators.