copyright Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “copyright” in the English Dictionary

"copyright" in British English

See all translations

copyrightnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkɒp.i.raɪt/ us   /ˈkɑː.pi.raɪt/
the legal right to control the production and selling of a book, play, film, photograph, or piece of music: Who owns/holds the copyright on this article? His work is no longer protected by copyright. The symbol © shows that something is protected by copyright.
copyright
verb [T] uk   us  
(Definition of copyright from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"copyright" in American English

See all translations

copyrightnoun [C/U]

us   /ˈkɑp·iˌrɑɪt/
the legal right to control all use of an original work, such as a book, play, movie, or piece of music, for a particular period of time
(Definition of copyright from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"copyright" in Business English

See all translations

copyrightnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkɒpiraɪt/ us   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?

copyrightadjective

uk   /ˈkɒpiraɪt/ us   LAW
protected by copyright: The contents of this website are copyright. The book contains a complete glossary of copyright terms.

copyrightverb [T]

uk   /ˈkɒpiraɪt/ us   LAW
to get the legal right to control the production and selling of a book, film, photograph, piece of music, etc. for a particular period of time: Because software can be copyrighted, it has legal protection for much longer than patented inventions.
(Definition of copyright from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “copyright”
in Chinese (Simplified) 版权,著作权…
in Turkish telif hakkı…
in Russian авторское право…
in Chinese (Traditional) 版權,著作權…
in Polish prawo autorskie…
What is the pronunciation of copyright?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“copyright” in British English

“copyright” in Business English

More meanings of “copyright”

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

sunscreen

a substance that you put on your skin to prevent it from being damaged by the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More