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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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Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works are uncopyrightable to the extent that they are functional.
Baker might instead be read for the narrower proposition that elements of a work are uncopyrightable to the extent that one actually uses them in the practice of a particular art (such as accounting forms in the practice of accounting).
Meredith held that not only the ingredients, but also the preparation instructions, were uncopyrightable.
Thus, a recipe calling for two cups of flour is uncopyrightable even though one calling for 1.
70) Nor is it often clear when a follow-on creator has created an infringing derivative work using a preexisting work's copyrighted expressive content as opposed to only using its uncopyrightable ideas, (71)
1) limit the reproduction, adaptation, distribution, performance, or display, by means of transmission or otherwise, of material that is uncopyrightable under section 102(b) or otherwise; or
Recall that the ProCD court upheld a restriction on the use of telephone directory listings, admittedly uncopyrightable material.
When an uncopyrightable idea can only be expressed in a single or limited number of ways it is said to have "merged" with its expression.
decision, a critical result of each test is that the courts will ultimately decide whether a work of software represents an uncopyrightable idea or one of many copyrightable ways to express the idea.
One could argue that one of many ways of expressing a particular idea is also a distinct uncopyrightable idea.
91) Most of these decisions note that the right exists only to the extent that the reverse engineering is undertaken to utilize uncopyrightable material.
The Court characterized "the Copyright Act's distinction between copyrightable expression and uncopyrightable facts and ideas" as a "First Amendment protection.