What is copyright knowledge?

There is no standard definition for “Copyright Awareness”. However, some critics have argued that consciousness can only be defined in light of what is manifested in all forms of perception, knowledge, and consciousness. In each expression, consciousness is revealed as the ability to perceive (perception), to know (knowledge), or the state of being conscious (awareness).

Simply defined, awareness means that you are aware of something. Let’s say “I am aware of traffic accidents” qualifies as “Traffic Accident Awareness”. Similarly, when “I am aware of copyright”, this is also “Awareness of copyright”. This means that whenever there is awareness of something, that thing becomes the qualifying subject for awareness.

In this sense, copyright awareness is knowing that copyright exists and being aware of it. It is the state of having conscious knowledge about copyright in a perceived way. When users of copyrighted materials exhibit this sense of awareness in an educational institution, it gives authors the opportunity to enjoy the economic value of their works and encourages their authorship.

Copyright awareness can be developed when conscious efforts are made to enforce it. For example, when copyright notices are displayed at various points where copyrighted materials are primarily used.

The importance of copyright awareness can be noted in its absence. That is, the absence of copyright can be noticed when there is the problem of uncontrolled copyright infringement activities such as illegal photocopying, plagiarism and piracy within an academic framework.

Consciousness in all spheres of life is very challenging. In the same vein, awareness of copyright protection has also remained a controversial aspect of copyright laws worldwide with regard to works eligible for copyright protection, non-copyrightable works, and protection of authors under copyright protection. This, however, reveals that many people have little or no knowledge about it.

On the other hand, copyright infringement (ACI) awareness can be said to be the awareness that is created when people become aware, alert, and respond that unauthorized use of copyrighted works is prohibited. Some scholars have argued that before we can discuss what constitutes copyright infringement (ACI) awareness, it’s probably a good idea to lay out what the specifics are. rights that are granted by copygood law that is likely to be violated. For example, in Ghana, according to Bosumprah (2009), “copyright is infringed when a copyrighted work is used in any of the following ways without the permission of the copyright owner:

  • Reproduction, duplication, extraction or import into the country not for personal use but for commercial purposes.
  • Distribution of the work for sale in Ghana”.

This is because a work exploited in the aforementioned way may be detrimental to the author’s honor or reputation. This is why Article 41 of the Copyright Law 2005 (Law 690) considers an act contrary to an author’s rights as provided in Articles 5 and 6 as copyright infringement. So, since the copyright owner has the exclusive right to do all of those things (or allow others to do them), infringement can occur when someone does any of them without the permission of the copyright owner (Davidson, 2010).

Davidson (2010), however, agrees with other scholars that “most copyright infringement claims involve Not authorized…”

  • Reproduction (as in the copy of a work) by photocopy, and this according to Panethiere (2005), is one of the usual ways of infringing the copyright of literary works.
  • Distribute (as in copies of the work) through piracy. According to Panethiere (2005), this happens through the unauthorized manufacture and sale of works protected by copyright, which Osman (2010) considered as falsificationor creating or distributing imitations of genuine works with the intent to mislead the public as to their authenticity.
  • Using another person’s ideas or words, as in plagiarism, or using another person’s ideas or words without adequately crediting the source, Osman (2010).

In addition to this, Panethiere (2005) argued that

“heIt is not necessary for an entire work to be reproduced or for more than one reproduction to occur for copyright infringement to occur. Copyright infringement occurs whenever a substantial part of a work is reproduced or otherwise used under copyright.”

This is because what is a substantial portion is often subjected to a qualitative rather than a quantitative test. It is the quality or substance of what has been taken, rather than the quantity taken, that will often determine whether or not the portion taken is substantial.


Bosumprah, B. (2009). Media Rights and Responsibilities Under Copyright Law.

Davidson, J. (2010). What constitutes copyright infringement and how is it decided? IP Registration and Compliance Blog. An ongoing discussion of entertainment and intellectual property law issues.

Osman, I. (2010). The scope of copyright law.

Panethiere, D. (2005). The persistence of piracy: the consequences for creativity, culture and sustainable development. UNESCO Copyright e-bulletin. (UNESCO).

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