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[ kop-ee-rahyt ]

  1. the exclusive right none to make copies none, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right none by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of an author or creator and for a period of 70 years after their death.

  1. of or relating to copyrights.
  2. Also copy·righted. protected by copyright.
  1. to secure a copyright on.


  1. copyright



/ ˈkɒpɪˌraɪt /

  1. 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) (c)
  1. (of a work, etc) subject to or controlled by copyright
  1. tr to take out a copyright on

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The symbol (see also symbol ) for copyright is ©.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcopyˌrighter, noun
  • ˈcopyˌrightable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • copy·righta·ble adjective
  • copy·righter noun
  • un·copy·righted adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of copyright1

First recorded in 1725–35; copy none + right none

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Example Sentences

If a victim’s face is pulled from a copyrighted photo, it’s possible to use IP law.

Later that same year, it shuttered Google News in Spain following the passing of an even more extensive law that did not allow individual publishers to waive their copyright licensing rights.

Similarly, restrictive copyright rules in Germany and Spain several years ago prompted Google to pull back on snippets, which caused a significant decline in search traffic to news sites in those countries.

Google tried to use that same playbook in France after the passage of the EU copyright directive.

Another stacksmashing video, entitled "Bringing homebrew to the Nintendo Game & Watch," has also been taken down by an apparent copyright claim.

Excerpted from BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR Copyright © 2014 by Scott Saul.

Copyright © 2014 by Alain Mabanckou from Letter to Jimmy (translated by Sara Meli Ansari).

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.

Research has indicated the copyright on this book was not renewed.

Also for copyright privileges in connection with this and other chapters.

When copyright laws are made—by elected officials, acting for the public good—they always safeguard this right.

Also, he made him two propositions: he would pay him ten thousand dollars cash for his copyright, or he would pay five per cent.

About this time began Mark Twain's long and active interest in copyright.


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