Attitudes towards Copyright infringement-A Psychological case study of Faculty of Science, University of Kashmir

Refhat Un Nisa


Purpose: The attitudes that we hold in our minds continuously guide and modify our behavior and guide our plan of action. In the present era research in every field of human endeavor is elevating with every passing second. This unparalleled growth in research has however paved the way for copyright infringement and to a greater extent plagiarism in one way or the other. The study is makes a psychological assessment of the attitudes that function as mental framework or social schemas of faculty on affective, behavioral, and cognitive dimensions towards intellectual property infringement and related issues.

Design/Methodology/Approach: The data for the study was assembled by self-administered questionnaire, which was distributed among the teaching faculty of Sciences, University of Kashmir. A total of 25 responses were received out of 38. Data was analyzed on 7-point lickert scale.

Results: The results achieved give a clear indication to the fact that plagiarism is an issue that is much talked about but less understood. The results suggest that the main factors that contribute to plagiarism include lack of awareness, lack of understanding, lack of competence to hold technology and other personal attitudes. All the three fronts of affective, cognitive and behavioral components, the results achieved in behavioral aspect lacked to a certain degree. On the other two fronts the results achieved were quite satisfactory.

Originality/Value: The study intends to enlighten the attitudes about copyright issues and rate of plagiarism on the basis of psychological assessments taking place in the research works carried out by the teaching staff from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Kashmir.

Key words: Psychology; Attitudes, Plagiarism, IPR, Lickert scale, Psychology, Human behavior, Cognition

Paper type: Research

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