Students' awareness and perceptions regarding copyright infringement

A study in a public university in Bangladesh


  • Md. Atikuzzaman University of Dhaka
  • Manisha Saha University of Dhaka



Purpose: The main purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which students of the Dhaka University are aware of the existing copyright law and its infringement.
Methodology: Students from different departments of the Dhaka University were the sample population for this study. An online survey was used for collecting data and a questionnaire was designed using Google Forms including both open and close ended questions which was distributed to the students using different social media platforms. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS software and Microsoft Excel. Chi-square and Mann-Whitney U tests were performed to analyze students’ awareness regarding copyright issues.
Findings: A total of 260 students participated in the survey. The study showed that 82.6% students are aware of copyright and 80.2% are aware of copyright infringement. 61.2% students violated copyright once or more by plagiarism, photocopy and other means particularly because of the high price and unavailability of the original materials. Most of the students opined that developing citing and referencing practice among students and introducing copyright in university curricula can help in reducing copyright infringement.
Research limitations: The study was limited to only one public university of Bangladesh because of time limitation and COVID-19 outbreak.
Practical implications: The present study can create greater awareness and respect for copyright law in the university as well as in the whole country.
Originality/value: This research is one of the first attempts to study Dhaka University students’ awareness and perceptions regarding copyright infringement and can act as the building block for future research on this topic.

Author Biographies

Md. Atikuzzaman, University of Dhaka

Md. Atikuzzaman is an MPhil researcher in the department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka. He has obtained first position in his graduation and post-graduation from the same department. He has been awarded ‘Lion Md. Jonab Ali and Farzana Jonab Gold Medal’ in the 52 nd convocation of the university and ‘Student of The Year Award – 2019’ by The Librarian Times (TLT). He is an active member of ASIS&T and life member of Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB).His interest revolves around use of internet and technologies, social media, knowledge management, information literacy, etc.

Manisha Saha, University of Dhaka

Manisha Saha is currently pursuing her Master of Arts degree right after completing the bachelor degree with CGPA 3.78 from the department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka. She received the ‘Abdul Aziz Chowdhury Scholarship 2017-18’ from the department. She accomplished an apprenticeship at the Prime Minister Office Library, Bangladesh. Being enthralled with groundbreaking researchers, she attempts to nurture her passion to become like the amazing ones. Presently, she is active as a freelance academic writer. She aims to advance her education and establish a profession as a researcher on Information Science in upcoming days.




How to Cite

Atikuzzaman, M. ., & Saha, M. (2021). Students’ awareness and perceptions regarding copyright infringement: A study in a public university in Bangladesh. International Journal of Information and Knowledge Studies, 1(1).



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