Meaning of copyright

cop•y•right

Pronunciation: (kop'ē-rīt"), [key]
— n.
  1. the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 50 years after his or her death.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to copyrights.
  2. protected by copyright.
—v.t.
  1. to secure a copyright on.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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