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the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

Creative commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Creative work

  1. A creative work is a manifestation of creative effort including but not limited to artwork, literature, music, and paintings. Creative works have in common a degree of arbitrariness, such that it is improbable that two people would independently create the same work.


a permit from an authority to own or use something, do a particular thing, or carry on a trade (especially in alcoholic beverages).


take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one's own.

synonyms:copy, infringe the copyright of, pirate, steal, poach, appropriate


the unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work.

Public domain

the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright.

Fair Use

  1. (in US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.