What is copyright?

  • (noun): A document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work.
    Synonyms: right of first publication
    See also — Additional definitions below


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 (like the patent, the trademark, and the trade secret) applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete.

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Some articles on copyright:

Parodists - Copyright Issues - United Kingdom
... Under existing copyright legislation (principally the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988), "There is currently no exception which covers the creation of ... Parodies of works protected by copyright require the consent or permission of the copyright owner, unless they fall under existing fair use/fair dealing exceptions the part of the underlying work is not "su ... Review of Intellectual Property recommended that the UK should "create an exception to copyright for the purpose of caricature, parody or pastiche by 2008" ...
Copyright Infringement
... Main article Copyright infringement Piracy is considered to be the illegitimate use of materials held by copyright ... its illegitimate use must have occurred in a nation that has domestic copyright laws and/or adheres to a bilateral treaty or established international convention such as the Berne Convention or WIPO ...
List Of Countries' Copyright Length
... This is a list of countries and their copyright term, the length of their standard copyright, in years ... When a work's copyright term ends, the work passes into the public domain ... for non-country entities the European Union, Berne Convention, and the Universal Copyright Convention, which set minimum terms for their member states or signatories ...
Breakfast At Twilight - Copyright Status
... Copyright protection for Amazing Stories, July 1954 and its contents was created under Registration Number B00000469312 ... United States between January 1, 1950 and December 31, 1963 but copyright was not renewed with the US Copyright Office within a year period beginning on December ... When renewal registration was not made within the statutory time limit copyright expired at the end of its first term and protection was lost permanently ...
Copyright Law Of Canada - Rights Conferred - Copyright
... Copyright includes the right to first publish, reproduce, perform, transmit and show in in public ...

More definitions of "copyright":

  • (verb): Secure a copyright on a written work.
    Example: "Did you copyright your manuscript?"