A copyright is a form of intellectual property protection that grants to the owner of a work of authorship the legal right to determine how the work is used and to obtain the economic benefits from the work. The work must be in a tangible form, such as a book, operating manual, magazine article, musical score, computer software program, or architectural drawing. If something is not in a tangible form, such as a speech that has never been recorded or saved on a computer disk, copyright law does not protect it.

Copyright is the protection of written material such as textbooks, designs, cartoon illustrations, photos, and computer software.

Copyright is a set of legal rights granted to the creator of an original work of authorship, such as an artistic, dramatic, literary, or musical production.

Copyright is addresses the realm of ideas- specifically, the right to publish or duplicate the expressions of these ideas.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Copyright
- The right of an author or his assignee, under statute, to print and publish his literary or artistic work, exclusively of all other persons. This right may be had in maps, charts, engravings, plays, and musical compositions, as well as in books.
2. Copyright
- To secure a copyright on.
Share it:  Cite

More from this Section

  • Web form
    Web form technical term for a web page that has designated places for the user to type ...
  • On-the-job training
    On-the-job training is the training method that teaches an employee to complete new tasks ...
  • Incubator
    Incubator refers a facility, office, shop, or location in which fledgling businesses can ...
  • Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
    Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) computer tools to analyze CAD output and enable a manufacturer ...
  • Matrix structure
    Matrix structure is an organizational structure that assigns specialists from different ...