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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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Second, these studies do not show how the strength or design of copyright laws affects national, regional or industrial economic performance.
The Karaoke Copyright Operation Center is the executive agency of China Audio & Video Copyright Association.
Because copyrights do not have to be registered (and often are not, until an owner decides to seek the statutory benefits potentially available in an infringement action), it isn't always possible to find their presumed owners--who at any rate can always say no to the reproduction of any given image.
The types of work that copyright protects include original literary works ( for example books, training material, computer programmes; original dramatic works ( including dance or mime; original music; original artistic works ( for example paintings, engravings, photographs; published editions of works ( that is the style and layout of a publication; sound recordings on any medium ( for example tape or CD; films and videos; broadcast and cable programmes.
Code gave courts two methods to assess damages for copyright infringements.
The costs of copyright extension are significant, and the benefits are slim.
In an effort to maintain consistency between the United States and the other members of the Berne Convention, (4) in 1998 Congress passed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA).
16) This assumes all substantial rights in the copyright have not been transferred.
Eldred and other critics branded the 1998 law the ``Mickey Mouse copyright law,'' noting that Disney and other entertainment industry interests had heavily lobbied Congress for its passage.
One good reason to register is to establish a public record of your copyright.
In this regard, copyright has certain exclusive rights that accompany it.
Copyright Office, there are numerous sites offering information on intellectual property.