copyright Definition 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

Definition of “copyright” - English Dictionary

"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 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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 English

“copyright” in Business English

More meanings of “copyright”

Watching the detectorists
Watching the detectorists
by ,
May 31, 2016
by Colin McIntosh You could be forgiven for thinking that old-fashioned hobbies that don’t involve computers have fallen out of favour. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the internet has made it easier for people with specialist hobbies from different corners of the world to come together to support one another

Read More 

Word of the Day

biodegrade

to decay naturally and in a way that is not harmful

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More