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Copyright

The right to distribute, copy, or change an original work for a limited period of time. A state grants copyright to the creator of the work, but the creator may assign or sell the right. During the time the copyright persists, one must (with some exceptions) receive permission from the owner to publish or distribute the copyrighted material. After a certain period of time, any person may distribute the work without permission. See also: Public domain.

copyright

the legal ownership by persons or businesses of certain kinds of material, in particular original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work; sound recordings, films, broadcasts and cable programmes; the typographical arrangement or layout of a published edition; and computer programs. In the UK, the COPYRIGHT, DESIGNS AND PATENTS ACT 1988 gives legal rights to the creators of copyright material so that they can control the various ways in which their work may be exploited. Copyright protection is automatic and there is no registration or other formality The 1988 Act gives copyright owners protection against unauthorized copying of such material in most cases for a period of 50 years. If copyright is infringed, the copyright owner (or assignee or licensee) may seek an injunction through the courts preventing further abuses, with offenders liable to pay unlimited damages/ fines and prison sentences in extreme cases. See BRAND.

copyright

the ownership of the rights to a publication of a book, manual, newspaper, etc., giving legal entitlement and powers of redress against theft and unauthorized publication or copying. See INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT.

Copyright

The exclusive legal right to sell, reproduce, or publish a literary, musical, or artistic work.
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As was the case with the application of copyright to other artistic forms such as photography, (59) music copyright both reflected and had an impact on sociocultural contexts of musical creation, dissemination, performance, and consumption.
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They have also alerted Sir Elton John's lawyers to a possible breach of his music copyright.
In May of this year, the Yunnan Copyright Administration received complaints against the Kunming offices of these two companies from China Audio -Video Copyright Association, Music Copyright Society of China (MCSC) and some other rights owners, who claim that the two companies produced and sold VOD systems to Karaoke operators, copied and sold large numbers of music works, including Love Me or Not.
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Nanjing Chang Cheng has entered into cooperative agreements with national and global content suppliers, such as the American Film Institute, China Record Corporation, the Music Copyright Society of China and TVB, in order to proactively address copyright issues in China.