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December 07, 2004

Schools Ill-informed About Copyright

The education ministry has revealed in its first survey of copyright awareness at schools that the vast majority lack basic knowledge of copyright laws. While the use of written or graphic content for educational purposes is allowed under certain prescribed conditions, the law prohibits copying and distribution of commercially sold drills, for example. In the recent survey of about 4,000 schools nationwide, to which 1,760 schools replied, about 90% said that they have no one on their staff who is familiar with the issue. About half of the schools said that copyright was an important social issue, but the reality doesn't seem to reflect that view. Some teachers claim that as they are unlikely to be sued, they don't consider it a serious problem. The Copyright Research and Information Center, which helped with the survey, said that it has seen a growing number of schools buying single copies of computer software, rather than separate copies for each user, as required by law.
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