Definition of copyright in English:

copyright

Line breaks: copy|right
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒpɪrʌɪt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1The exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material: he issued a writ for breach of copyright making an unauthorized copy would infringe copyright [count noun]: works whose copyrights had lapsed
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  • It compels the sharing of that amount between the owner of copyright in the artistic work and the owner of copyright in the literary work.
  • The possession of copyright in published material may also lead to a conclusion of dominance if the relevant market is drawn tightly.
  • In most countries, organisations have been created which control the exercise of copyright in performing and recording rights.
1.1 [count noun] A particular literary, artistic, or musical work that is covered by copyright.

adjective

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Protected by copyright: permission to reproduce photographs and other copyright material
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  • This document is protected by applicable copyright laws and international treaties.
  • Forthcoming EU legislation could criminalise Europeans who circumvent copyright protection.
  • Title and intellectual property rights are protected by the copyright laws and treaties.

verb

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Secure copyright for (material): (as adjective copyrighted) copyrighted music downloaded illegally from the Internet
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  • It is mainly used to download copyrighted files of music, video, etc.
  • Until now, it was legal in Sweden to download copyrighted movie and music files, but making them available for sharing was unlawful.
  • The four students were forced to say they will not pirate copyrighted music on purpose and will shut down their search services.

Derivatives

copyrightable

adjective

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