Definitions for Copyrightˈkɒp iˌraɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cop•y•rightˈkɒp iˌraɪt(n.)

  1. the exclusive ownership of and the right to make use of a literary, musical, or artistic work, protected by law for a specified period of time.

    Category: Law

  2. (adj.)Also, cop′y•right`ed. protected by copyright.

    Category: Law

  3. (v.t.)to secure a copyright on.

    Category: Law

Origin of copyright:

1725–35

cop′y•right`er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. copyright, right of first publication(verb)

    a document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work

  2. copyright(verb)

    secure a copyright on a written work

    "did you copyright your manuscript?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. copyright(noun)ˈkɒp iˌraɪt

    the legal right to use all or part of a book, play, film etc.

Wiktionary

  1. copyright(Noun)

    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.

  2. copyright(Noun)

    Such an exclusive right as it pertains to one or more specific works.

  3. copyright(Verb)

    To place under a copyright.

  4. copyright(Verb)

    To obtain or secure a copyright for some literary or other artistic work.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Copyright(noun)

    the right of an author or his assignee, under statute, to print and publish his literary or artistic work, exclusively of all other persons. This right may be had in maps, charts, engravings, plays, and musical compositions, as well as in books

  2. Copyright(verb)

    to secure a copyright on

Freebase

  1. Copyright

    Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is "the right to copy", but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other related rights. It is a form of intellectual property applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete. Copyright initially was conceived as a way for government to restrict printing; the contemporary intent of copyright is to promote the creation of new works by giving authors control of and profit from them. Copyrights are said to be territorial, which means that they do not extend beyond the territory of a specific state unless that state is a party to an international agreement. Today, however, this is less relevant since most countries are parties to at least one such agreement. While many aspects of national copyright laws have been standardized through international copyright agreements, copyright laws of most countries have some unique features. Typically, the duration of copyright is the whole life of the creator plus fifty to a hundred years from the creator's death, or a finite period for anonymous or corporate creations. Some jurisdictions have required formalities to establishing copyright, but most recognize copyright in any completed work, without formal registration. Generally, copyright is enforced as a civil matter, though some jurisdictions do apply criminal sanctions.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Copyright

    the sole right of an author or his heirs to publish a work for a term of years fixed by statute, a book for 42 years, or the author's lifetime and 7 years after, whichever is longer; copyright covers literary, artistic, and musical property. By the Act an author must present one copy of his work, if published, to the British Museum, and one copy, if demanded, to the Bodleian Library, Oxford; the University Library, Cambridge; the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh; and Trinity College Library, Dublin.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Copyright

    The exclusive right, granted by law for a certain number of years, to make and dispose of copies of a literary, musical or artistic work. In the United States the copyright is granted for the life of the author plus 50 years. In the case of a joint work, it is for the life of the last joint author to die, plus 50 years. In either case the copyright runs until the end of the calendar year 50 years after the author's death. (Random House College Dictionary, rev ed; Strong, W.S.: The Copyright Book: a Practical Guide, 1981)

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Copyright' in Nouns Frequency: #2931


Translations for Copyright

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

copyright(noun)

(usually abbreviated to©) the sole right to reproduce a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, and also to perform, translate, film, or record such a work.

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