Video: Plagiarism, copyright and ethical conduct in Tanzania

Monday, September 21st, 2015

video Plagiarism, copyright and ethical conduct in Tanzania

Maureen Fondo, Senior Legal Officer at COSOTA, on copyright awareness in Tanzania

“In Tanzania, not all people are aware about the existence of copyright. It’s the duty of the Copyright Society of Tanzania to at least create awareness. … We actually educate them and try to make people understand that infringement of somebody’s rights is a crime.”

That’s Maureen Fondo, Senior Legal Officer at the Copyright Society of Tanzania (COSOTA), expressing her concerns about the awareness of copyright in Tanzania. Understanding and protecting copyrights is of great importance in strengthening local publishing.

Copyright is one of the issues the Elsevier Foundation’s Publishers without Borders volunteers focused on during their month-long training visits to Tanzania over the past two years. “Plagiarism and ethical misconduct in Tanzania is actually the topic which is most frequently asked about in our presentations,” Dr. Charon Duermeijer, a Publishing Director at Elsevier who wrote about her volunteer experience in Elsevier Connect. ()

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