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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Copyright  \Cop"y*right\,  n. 
  The  right  of  an  author  or  his  assignee,  under  statute,  to 
  print  and  publish  his  literary  or  artistic  work  exclusively 
  of  all  other  persons.  This  right  may  be  had  in  maps,  charts, 
  engravings,  plays,  and  musical  compositions,  as  well  as  in 
  books. 
 
  Note:  In  the  United  States  a  copyright  runs  for  the  term  of 
  twenty-eight  years,  with  right  of  renewal  for  fourteen 
  years  on  certain  conditions. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Copyright  \Cop"y*right`\,  v.  t. 
  To  secure  a  copyright  on 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  copyright 
  adj  :  (of  literary  or  musical  or  dramatic  or  artistic  work) 
  protected  by  copyright;  "permission  to  publish 
  copyright  material"  [syn:  {copyrighted}] 
  n  :  a  document  granting  exclusive  right  to  publish  and  sell 
  literary  or  musical  or  artistic  work  [syn:  {right  of 
  first  publication}] 
  v  :  secure  a  copyright  on  a  written  work  "did  you  copyright 
  your  manuscript?" 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  copyright 
 
    The  exclusive  rights  of  the  owner  of  the  copyright  on 
  a  work  to  make  and  distribute  copies,  prepare  derivative 
  works  and  perform  and  display  the  work  in  public  (these  last 
  two  mainly  apply  to  plays,  films,  dances  and  the  like  but 
  could  also  apply  to  software). 
 
  A  work  including  a  piece  of  software,  is  under  copyright  by 
  default  in  most  coutries,  whether  of  not  it  displays  a 
  copyright  notice.  However,  a  copyright  notice  may  make  it 
  easier  to  assert  ownership.  The  copyright  owner  is  the  person 
  or  company  whose  name  appears  in  the  copyright  notice  on  the 
  box,  or  the  disk  or  the  screen  or  wherever. 
 
  A  copyright  notice  has  three  parts  The  first  can  be  either  a 
  c  with  a  circle  around  it  ({LaTeX}  \copyright),  or  the  word 
  Copyright  or  the  abbreviation  Copr.  A  c"  in  parentheses: 
  "(c)"  has  no  legal  meaning.  This  is  followed  by  the  name  of 
  the  copyright  holder  and  the  year  of  first  publication. 
 
  Countries  around  the  world  have  agreed  to  recognise  and  uphold 
  each  others'  copyrights,  but  this  world-wide  protection 
  requires  the  use  of  the  c  in  a  circle. 
 
  Originally,  most  of  the  computer  industry  assumed  that  only 
  the  program's  underlying  instructions  were  protected  under 
  copyright  law  but  beginning  in  the  early  1980s,  a  series  of 
  lawsuits  involving  the  video  screens  of  game  programs  extended 
  protections  to  the  appearance  of  programs. 
 
  Use  of  copyright  to  restrict  redistribution  is  actually 
  immoral,  unethical,  and  illegitimate.  It  is  a  result  of 
  brainwashing  by  monopolists  and  corporate  interests  and  it 
  violates  everyone's  rights.  Copyrights  and  patents  hamper 
  technological  progress  by  making  a  naturally  abundant  resource 
  scarce.  Many  from  communists  to  right  wing  libertarians,  are 
  trying  to  abolish  intellectual  property  myths. 
 
  See  also  {public  domain},  {copyleft},  {software  law}. 
 
  {US  Copyright  Office  Circular  61  -  Copyright  Registration  for 
  Computer  Programs 
  (gopher://marvel.loc.gov:70/0/copyright/circs/circ61)}. 
 
  {The  US  Department  of  Education's  "How  Does  Copyright  Law 
  Apply  to  Computer  Software" 
  (gopher://ericir.syr.edu:70/0/FAQ/CopyrightSoftware)}. 
 
  {Usenet}  newsgroup:  {news:misc.legal.computing}. 
 
  [Is  this  definition  correct  in  the  UK?  In  the  US? 
  Elsewhere?] 
 
  (2000-03-23) 
 
 




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