common-law copyright

noun

Legal Definition of common-law copyright

: a copyright in common law protecting unpublished works

Note: Works created after January 1, 1978, are protected by statutory rather than common-law copyright while unpublished.

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“Common-law copyright.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/common-law%20copyright. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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