- the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 70 years after his or her death.
- of or relating to copyrights.
- Also cop·y·right·ed. protected by copyright.
- to secure a copyright on.
Origin of copyright
Examples from the Web for copyright
Copyright © 2014 by Alain Mabanckou from Letter to Jimmy (translated by Sara Meli Ansari).Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
So what I always tell the kids is to be careful about signing to a label and always protect your copyright.
For an artist like myself, the most important part is the publishing, and owning my own copyright.
State officials were not amused, and are suing the advocacy group for copyright infringement.Living in Louisiana’s Tragic Health-Care Limbo
November 15, 2014
Kim is not thought to be broke just yet, but he will be soon, as movie studios seek to recoup $100m in copyright fees.The Zillionaires Who Lost Everything
October 26, 2014
No epoch of time can claim a copyright in these immortal fables.The Gorgon's Head
Those, it will be remembered, were the days before Anglo-American copyright.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Fisheries, copyright, and even customs' duties, are instances in point.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
I said I had a copyright of my own face, if we were engaged!The Lightning Conductor Discovers America
C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
A "copyright" in heads is a good suggestion, and coming from a publisher too!The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
- the exclusive right to produce copies and to control an original literary, musical, or artistic work, granted by law for a specified number of years (in Britain, usually 70 years from the death of the author, composer, etc, or from the date of publication if later)Symbol: (c)
- (of a work, etc) subject to or controlled by copyright
- (tr) to take out a copyright on
Word Origin and History for copyright
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.
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.