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copyright

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noun copy·right \ˈkä-pē-ˌrīt\

Definition of copyright

  1. :  the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (such as a literary, musical, or artistic work) His family still holds the copyright to his songs.

Examples of copyright in a Sentence

  1. His family still holds the copyright to his songs.

  2. The book is under copyright.

Recent Examples of copyright from the Web

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First Known Use of copyright

1735


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copyright

verb copy·right

Definition of copyright

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to secure a copyright on He has copyrighted all of his plays.

copyrightable

play \ˈkä-pē-ˌrī-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of copyright in a Sentence

  1. He has copyrighted all of his plays.

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First Known Use of copyright

circa 1806


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copyright

adjective copy·right

Definition of copyright

  1. :  secured by copyright copyright songs

Examples of copyright in a Sentence

  1. The copyright date is 2005.

Recent Examples of copyright from the Web

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First Known Use of copyright

1870


COPYRIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

copyright

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noun

Definition of copyright for English Language Learners

  • : the legal right to be the only one to reproduce, publish, and sell a book, musical recording, etc., for a certain period of time

copyright

verb

Definition of copyright for English Language Learners

  • : to get a copyright for a book, musical recording, etc., for a certain period of time

copyright

adjective

Definition of copyright for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a copyright

  • : not allowed to be copied without permission from the author, composer, etc.


COPYRIGHT Defined for Kids

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copyright

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noun copy·right \ˈkä-pē-ˌrīt\

Definition of copyright for Students

  1. :  the legal right to be the only one to reproduce, publish, and sell the contents and form of a literary or artistic work


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copyright

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verb copy·right

Definition of copyright for Students

copyrighted

;

copyrighting

  1. :  to get a copyright on


Law Dictionary

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copyright

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noun copy·right \ˈkä-pē-ˌrīt\

Legal Definition of copyright

  1. :  a person's exclusive right to reproduce, publish, or sell his or her original work of authorship (as a literary, musical, dramatic, artistic, or architectural work) — see also common-law copyright, fair use at use 2, infringe, intellectual property at property, international copyright, original, public domain — compare patent, trademark

copyright

adjective

Additional Notes on copyright

Copyrights are governed by the Copyright Act of 1976 contained in title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Act protects published or unpublished works that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression from which they can be perceived. The Act does not protect matters such as an idea, process, system, or discovery. Protection under the Act extends for the life of the creator of the work plus seventy years after his or her death. For works created before January 1, 1978, but not copyrighted or in the public domain, the copyright starts on January 1, 1978, and extends for the same period as for other works, but in any case will not expire before December 31, 2002. If a work is published on or before December 31, 2002, the copyright will not expire before December 31, 2047. The Act abolishes protection under common law, as well as any rights available under state statute, in favor of the rights available under the provisions of the Act, with certain exceptions.


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copyright

transitive verb copy·right

Legal Definition of copyright

  1. :  to secure a copyright on

copyrightability

\ˌkä-pē-ˌrī-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

copyrightable

\ˈkä-pē-ˌrī-tə-bəl\ play adjective


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