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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)

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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)

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copyrightnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /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?

copyrightadjective

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

copyrightverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkɒpiraɪt/ 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…
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