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copyright

noun [C or U]
 
 
/ˈkɒpiraɪt/ LAW
the legal right that someone has to control the production and selling of a book, play, film, photograph, piece of music, etc. for a particular period of time: There was a need to develop copyright protection for computer programs. Copyright law prevents freelance work from being included in electronic archives without permission.breach/break/infringe copyright They claim the television company breached copyright when it used some of the footage on one of their DVDs.hold/own the copyright on/to sth Recording artists continue to own the copyright to their work. a breach/infringement of copyright
be in copyright if a book, film, etc. is in copyright, the period of the copyright that controls its production has not yet ended: Are there any issues with scanning books that are still in copyright?
(Definition of copyright noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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