Copyright (noun)

  1. The exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, and sell the matter and form of something (such as a literary, musical, or artistic work).
  2. The exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.
  3. The protection granted by law to the creators of literary, musical, and artistic works, giving them the exclusive right to print, publish, perform, film, and record their works, and to authorize others to do the same.

Origin:

From the noun right + the verb to copy.

Examples:

  1. The book is protected by copyright.
  2. The song was copyrighted by the band.
  3. The photograph was copyrighted by the photographer.
  4. The company owns the copyright to the software.
  5. The copyright laws protect the creators' rights.
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