IP Outreach Research > IP Use and Awareness


Title: British Library Copyright Questionnaire
Author: [British Library]


Year: 2008


Subject/Type: IP Knowledge, IP Protection
Focus: Access to Information, Copyright, Enforcement
Country/Territory: United Kingdom
Objective: To learn more about the view of researchers regarding copyright and its implications for access to information.
Sample: 320 readers of the British Library
Methodology: Online questionnaire

Main Findings

Researchers' familiarity with copyright law terms varies: while almost one in two respondents does not know anything about "fair dealing" and "limitations and exceptions", the concept of "fair use" seems to be somewhat more known, with 65% reporting to be "very familiar", "fairly aware", or "know a little".

After having been provided with an explanation of what constitutes "fair dealing" (i.e. allowing someone for his or her own non-commercial private research to copy a part of a creative work), over 80% indicate that they would support its extension to cover sound recordings, film and broadcast (8% would not). Close to 95% agree that they should be able to copy parts of literary work, news broadcast, film or sound recording for non-commercial research purposes.

Slightly over two thirds indicate that fair dealing provisions should not make a difference between material in paper or electronic form. Most respondents (76.3%) disagree with the statement that "researchers attached to an educational establishment should be the only group able to enjoy limitations and exceptions like fair dealing". Rather, 86.6% either "strongly agree" or "tend to agree" that anyone conducting non-commercial research should be able to enjoy limitations and exceptions like fair dealing.

Over 80% of researchers tend to agree that they should be able to send a copy of a research article to their personal e-mail. Monitoring of material the researcher uses in order to safeguard copyright holder interests is supported by 51.2% (28.7% strongly disagree and close to 20% either do not know, or do not either agree or disagree). The ability to make fair dealing copies of film, sound and broadcast is considered useful by almost 60%, while about a third regards it as either "not very useful" or "unhelpful".

[Date Added: Aug 18, 2008 ]