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Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection that grants the owner or author of a piece of work the legal right to determine how it is used and s/he will control the regulation of the economic benefits derived from that piece. 

These are sets of legal rights to copy and publish that are granted to the creator of an original artistic, dramatic, literary, or musical production. It addresses the realm of ideas, specifically, the right to publish or duplicate the expressions of these ideas.

The copyrighted works must be in some tangible form such as a published 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, this law does not protect it.

This federal law is the protection of written and/or published materials such as any kind of textbook, design, cartoon illustration, photograph and computer software.


For example, The federal government grants copyrights that give the owner the exclusive right to reproduce and sell an artistic or published work. This right extends for the entire lifetime of the creator plus 70 years. 

The cost of acquiring and defending it may be only a $10 fee paid to the U.S. Copyright Office or it may amount to much more if an infringement suit is involved.

The useful length of the granted right generally is significantly shorter than its legal life. Therefore, they usually are amortized over a relatively short period of time.


Use of the Term in Sentences

  • The copyright law mainly wishes to drive the financial outcomes of authentic work to its rightful owner.
  • Copyright laws are constantly getting stricter with the incessant ease of connectivity.


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