From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcopyrightcop‧y‧right /ˈkɒpiraɪt $ ˈkɑː-/ ●○○ noun [countable, uncountable] TCSCLthe legal right to be the only producer or seller of a book, play, film, or record for a specific length of time Who owns the copyright of this book? The database will be protected by copyright.infringement/breach of copyright (=when you break the copyright laws) —copyright adjective copyright material —copyright verb [transitive]
Examples from the Corpuscopyright• In Britain, copyright exists as soon as a song is recorded on to tape or written on manuscript.• For example, in some cases the bill would make it illegal for Internet users to access information not protected by copyright.• Some businesses are attaching electronic copyright stamps to their work, and the bill would make erasing these stamps illegal.• a violation of copyright laws• There is a typical example among writers, seeking to protect copyright and to negotiate general contract conditions.• In other words, should copyright extend to non-literal elements which are not directly perceivable?• Last April, Kantor identified 38 countries who either denied protection of intellectual property or supported copyright and patent piracy.• Mitchell's family owns the copyrights to her book.• Descriptions or drawings of ideas are also afforded some protection under copyright law.infringement/breach of copyright• They may say that reproduction is a breach of copyright.• Qualitatively substantial parts of the program code are incorporated in the new program - definite infringement of copyright. 7.• Apple Corps, acting for the three surviving Beatles, is suing Adam Cooper, 29, for breach of copyright.• The judge left it to counsel to submit suggestions for appropriate relief for the limited infringement of copyright.• Zenith did not know of the existence of Acme's program - no infringement of copyright. 2.From Longman Business Dictionarycopyrightcop‧y‧right1 /ˈkɒpiraɪtˈkɑː-/ noun [countable, uncountable] LAW a legal right to be the only producer or seller of a book, play, film, or record for a particular length of timeA lecturer normally owns the copyright in any book or article he writes.Drawings are prepared for most designs and drawings are protected by copyright as artistic works.She started High Court proceedings against her publishing house for breach of copyright.The distributer must not tamper with the content of the videos, including the copyright notice.copyrightcopyright2 verb [transitive] LAW to obtain a legal right to be the only producer or seller of a book, play, film, or record for a particular period of timeIt’s impossible to copyright a number, as Intel has found to its cost in its failed attempts to sue rival ‘386’ chip manufacturers.