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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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(97) First, the court looked to the placement of sound recordings in [section] 102's recognition of copyrightable subject matter.
For example, under a regime in which machine-authored works are de facto copyrightable, a single individual could, absent any contractual workarounds, own an indefinite number of copyrights.
(134) Digitized images embody a plethora of different types of art, and can exist for periods of time long enough to be copyrightable; however, their lack of originality is problematic.
Copyright Act to read that semiconductor chip designs are copyrightable. (49) However, this surprise is likely more about the categorization than the protection's existence; from a social utility perspective, it is not that surprising that the U.S.
(111) For example, a model building code is initially a copyrightable literary work, but once a jurisdiction adopts it as law, it effectively loses its protection: citizens need to be able to state what the law is, and there is no other way to express that idea but to quote from the code.
The Constitution authorizes Congress "[t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." (147) As noted above, courts have largely declined to rely on this language to deny idea-contributors copyright joint authorship, apparently because no court has seriously questioned the constitutionality of the Copyright Act's work-for-hire provisions--provisions which recognize an employer as the "author" of an employee's copyrightable creations even where the employer has creatively contributed nothing to the work, much less an idea.
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Perhaps Gigaom's Jeff John Roberts explained it best: "The ruling is significant because it goes against traditional understandings of the 'idea/expression dichotomy' under copyright law, which holds that a form or concept can't be protected, but that a specific expression of it can be; for instance, the structure of a sonnet is not copyrightable but a specific poem is.
held that illegal works were not copyrightable and, when the copyright