literary property


Definition of literary property

1a : the property an author or those claiming under him has in the written product of his intellectual skill and labor either before or after general publication and either at common law or under statutory copyright
b : the written product of an author or any copy thereof
2 : the property an author or those claiming under him has in his work under common law prior to copyright consisting chiefly of his right to control the use, enjoyment, and disposition of such work for profit or any purpose, this right being superseded by statutory copyright and lost by dedication of such work to the public — compare copyright

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First Known Use of literary property

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of literary property was in 1747

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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