Implementation of Copyright Law in Libraries in Kenya: A Study of Selected Libraries
David, Josephat Muthembwa
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This study aimed at finding out the state of copyright law implementation in libraries in Kenya with specific reference to reproduction of informational materials. The study aimed at specifically establishing the rules, regulations and procedures of reproduction of informational materials used in the libraries. The survey also aimed at finding out the level of copyright law awareness by the library staff and library users and the methods used in creating the awareness. The other objective of the survey was to establish the views of librarians and publishers on Copyright Law in Kenya and its application in libraries. The study covered five libraries, the Kenya National Archives and five publishing firms. The libraries included: British Council Library, American Cultural Centre Library, ICIPE Library, Kenyatta University Moi Library and Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library University of Nairobi. The publishing firms comprised the Oxford University Press, Longman, Evangel, Phoenix and Kenya LiteratureBureau.Questionnaires, formal interviews and observation methods were employed in collection of data for this study. The study revealed that the rules, regulations and procedures of copying in libraries are not, clear. It was also found out that the copyright law is inadequate a~d does not meet the needs of the 'libraries. The copyright law awareness among the library users and library staff was found to be low. Recommendations aimed at rectifying the state of reproduction of materials both inside and outside libraries were offered. Suggestions were offered with the view of amendin~ some areas in the copyright law that are pertinent to reproduction of informational materials.