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is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is "the right to copy", but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other related rights. It is a form of intellectual property applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete

copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of a literary, artistic, musical, or other creative work the sole right to publish and sell that work. Copyright owners have the right to control the reproduction of their work, including the right to receive payment for that reproduction. An author may grant or sell those rights to others, including publishers or recording companies. Violation of a copyright is called infringement.


stories, periodicals, poems, and other printed literary works, computer programs; musical compositions; song lyrics; dramas; dramatico-musical compositions; pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; architectural works; written directions for pantomimes and choreographic works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; and sound recordings.

ideas, procedures, processes, systems, methods of operation, concepts, principles, and discoveries, words and short phrases, including slogans; blank forms for recording information (such as bank checks); and works containing no original authorship (such as standard calendars or simple phone listings). Some works are not copyrightable because they are not fixed in a tangible medium. These include unrecorded dance choreography, and unrecorded speeches, lectures, and other vocal performances. Although typefaces are tangible, they traditionally have been regarded as lying outside of copyright protection. A dramatic character is not copyrightable.


formulated to ensure that the manifestation of an idea (i.e. an expression) is protected rather than the idea itself


rights allow the copyright owner to derive economic or financial reward (referred to as royalty), from the use of his works by others. The most basic right under copyright is the right to prohibit or authorize the reproduction of the work.


rights allow author to take certain actions to preserve personal link between himself and his creation.
1. The right to claim authorship of a work to have that authorship recognized. 2. The right to oppose changes to it that could harm the creators reputation. Moral rights can never be transferred.


component in fostering human creativity and innovation Giving authors, artists and creators incentives in the form of recognition and fair economic reward increases their activity and output and also enhance results