Copyright definition

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The legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work.
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The exclusive right to the publication, production, or sale of the rights to a literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work, or to the use of a commercial print or label, granted by law for a specified period of time to an author, composer, artist, distributor, etc.: symbol, ©
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(countable) Such an exclusive right as it pertains to one or more specific works.

The artist lost the copyrights to her songs when she signed the contract.

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Protected by copyright.

Permission to publish copyright material.

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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.

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Protected by copyright.
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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.
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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.

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To secure a copyright for.
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To protect (a book, song, print, etc.) by copyright.
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Of or pertaining to copyright.
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The exclusive statutory right of literary (authors, playwrights, poets), musical (composers, musicians), visual (painters, photographers, sculptors), and other artists to control the reproduction, use, and disposition of their work, usually for their lifetime plus seventy years. The Copyright Act of 1976 governs most copyrights in the United States. See also copy and fair use.
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(uncountable) The right by law to be the entity which determines who may publish, copy and distribute a piece of writing, music, picture or other work of authorship.

Copyright is a separate legal area from trademarks.

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To place under a copyright.
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To obtain or secure a copyright for some literary or other artistic work.
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Of or relating to a copyright.

Copyright law; a copyright agreement.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
copyright
Plural:
copyrights