Perceptions about copyright of digital content and its effects on scholarship: a South African perspective
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University of Cape Town
This paper examines the different layers of protection that exist in digital content and how users and corporate rights holders of information interpret the different protections. From a South African perspective, this paper analyses librarians', managers' of consortia, informed users' and corporate rights holders' perceptions and misconceptions on the interpretation of copyright protection with regard to digital content. It discusses the effects on the advancement of scholarship implied by the interpretations on copyright accorded by librarians, users and corporate rights holders to digital content. It concludes that in order to better access digital content to promote scholarship, the education of what copyright protects and knowledge of the terms and conditions of licensing agreements is necessary.
Masango, C. 2007. Perceptions about copyright of digital content and its effects on scholarship: a South African perspective. Libri.