- The definition of a copyright is the exclusive right to make copies, sell or market works of art, music and literature.
An example of copyright is the protection against selling Madonna's music as your own.
- Copyright is defined as obtaining the exclusive right to sell and distribute a piece of art, literature and music.
An example of copyright is what the United States Copyright Office does.
copyright definition by Webster's New World
Origin: copy plush right
- protected by copyright
- of or pertaining to copyright
copyright definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Abbr. c. or cop.
- Of or relating to a copyright: copyright law; a copyright agreement.
- Protected by copyright: permission to publish copyright material.
- copˈy·rightˌa·ble adjective
- copˈy·rightˌer noun
copyright - Business Definition
copyright - Computer Definition
The legal ownership of a "work," which can take any of the following forms: written text, program source code, graphics images, sculpture, music, sound recording, motion picture, pantomime, choreograph and architecture. Before January 1, 1978, a work had to be published to be copyrighted. After that date, any work expressed in paper or electronic form is automatically copyrighted for the life of the author plus 70 years. Registration with the Copyright Office is not required, although it is beneficial if there are disputes later on. In the U.S., a copyright symbol is not mandatory, but recommended. For works by an anonymous author or an author who uses a fictitious name (pseudonymous) as well as works "made for hire," such as a publication written by an employee of a company, the copyright lasts 120 years from date of creation or 95 years from date of publication, whichever is shorter. For more information, visit www.copyright.gov. See plagiarism, fair use doctrine, Creative Commons, copyleft, trademarks, DRM and image protection.
copyright - Cultural Definition
A grant of an exclusive right to produce or sell a book, motion picture, work of art, musical composition, software, or similar product during a specified period of time.
The legal protection given to published works, forbidding anyone but the author from publishing or selling them. An author can transfer the copyright to another person or corporation, such as a publishing company.
- The symbol (see also symbol) for copyright is ©.
copyright - Investment & Finance Definition
The exclusive right, as recognized separately in each country, to publish and sell literary, artistic, or musical materials or computer programs during the author’s lifetime plus 50 years. Accounting regulations require that the value of a copyright be recorded at its acquisition cost and amortized over its useful life, which is often much shorter than the legal life. Amortization can’t exceed 40 years.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
copyright - Legal Definition