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\Copy"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.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, ©1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to publishers of "original works of authorship," including litery, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Material not protected by copyright (or otherwise protected) is available for use by anyone, without the author's consent. On the other hand, a publisher of a copyrighted work may prevent others from copying, performing or otherwise using the work without the publisher's consent.


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