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"copyright" in British English

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copyrightnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈkɒp.i.raɪt/  us   /ˈkɑː.pi-/
the ​legalright 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 ​longerprotected 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 ​legalright to ​control all use of an ​originalwork, such as a ​book, ​play, ​movie, or ​piece of ​music, for a ​particularperiod of ​time
(Definition of copyright from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"copyright" in Business English

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copyrightnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈkɒpiraɪt/ LAW
the ​legalright 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 ​computerprograms. Copyright ​law prevents ​freelancework from being ​included in ​electronicarchives without ​permission.breach/break/infringe copyright They ​claim the ​televisioncompanybreached 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 ​scanningbooks 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 ​legalright 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 ​legalprotection for much ​longer than ​patentedinventions.
(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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