Copyright: A set of exclusive rights awarded to a copyright holder for an original and creative work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright is a limited statutory monopoly that gives a copyright holder the sole right to market a work for a limited period of time. Copyright also includes exemptions that permit a user of the copyright-protected work the right to exercise an exclusive right without authorization or royalty payment under certain conditions. (1)

 

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Glossary Sources
The following sources were used in compiling the Glossary. The number appearing next to the term corresponds to the source used for that term.

1: Russell, Carrie. Complete Copyright: And Everyday Guide for Librarians. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004.
2: Canadian Intellectual Property Office. A Guide to Copyright: Glossary. Canadian Intellectual Property Office. http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_mrksv/cipo/cp/copy_gd_gloss-e.html
3: United States Copyright Office website. http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#101

Remember that copyright is an area where there is still much ambiguity. Future legislation and court decisions will continue to shape copyright law. Information provided on this website should not be construed as legal advice.