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The legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work.
1. Of or relating to a copyright: copyright law; a copyright agreement.
2. Protected by copyright: permission to publish copyright material.
tr.v. cop·y·right·ed, cop·y·right·ing, cop·y·rights
To secure a copyright for.

cop′y·right′a·ble adj.
cop′y·right′er n.
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Adj.1.copyrighted - (of literary or musical or dramatic or artistic work) protected by copyright; "permission to publish copyright material"
literature - creative writing of recognized artistic value
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
proprietary - protected by trademark or patent or copyright; made or produced or distributed by one having exclusive rights; "`Tylenol' is a proprietary drug of which `acetaminophen' is the generic form"
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After the police had sternly reprimanded James Williams for imitating a copyrighted burglar and given him as honourable a discharge as the department was capable of, Mrs.
All that he was and was not, all that he had done and most of what he had not done, was spread out for the delectation of the public, accompanied by snapshots and photographs - the latter procured from the local photographer who had once taken Martin's picture and who promptly copyrighted it and put it on the market.
And even if characters were a copyrightable part of a copyrighted work, Tom Steel, a new lawyer on O'Neill's team, argued, this did not mean they could not be copied.
In the lawsuit, Random Lengths alleged that LowGrade was regularly and systematically redistributing Random Lengths' copyrighted reports from one company location to other LowGrade locations without payment or authorization by Random Lengths.
In the (copyrighted) words of rapper Eminem, Lawrence Lessig had one shot, one opportunity, one moment--and, Lessig admits, he let it slip.
Did you know that every e-mail you write, every Web page you create, anything that you generate in a tangible form is automatically copyrighted by United States law--whether you officially register it with the U.S.
1.861-18(b)(1), treatment of the income as a sale, lease or license is based on whether it is derived from a transfer of a "copyright right" in a computer program or a transfer of a copy of the program (a "copyrighted article").
And as much as Hollywood might like to dismiss Eldred's supporters as the lunatic fringe, he has attracted briefs from numerous pro-library associations, the Free Software Foundation, the National Writers Union (which argues that its access to copyrighted works has been unconstitutionally delayed) and scores of academics.
Written for attorneys representing both owners and users of copyrighted material, the handbook analyzes the basics of copyright protection, the elements of copyright infringement, international copyright laws, copyright protection in cyberspace, legal decisions, specific legislation, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Uniform Computer Technology Act, and new technologies being used to manage the use and distribution of digital information.
But the longer copyrights last, the less likely that other people inspired by the copyrighted work will use it to create new works, like The Wind Done Gone, the recent parody of Gone with the Wind that Margaret Mitchell's heirs attempted unsuccessfully to suppress.
However, arrangements are copyrighted. For additional information pertaining to this, look for the information circular #22 (on how to investigate the status of a work) on the copyright office's Web site.