copyright (©)

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Legal monopoly that protects published or unpublished original work (for the duration of its author's life plus 50 years) from unauthorized duplication without due credit and compensation. Copyright covers not only books but also advertisements, articles, graphic designs, labels, letters (including emails), lyrics, maps, musical compositions, product designs, etc. According to the major international intellectual-property protection treaties (Berne Convention, Universal Copyright Convention, and WIPO Copyright Treaty) five rights are associated with a copyright: the right to: (1) Reproduce the work in any form, language, or medium.
(2) Adapt or derive more works from it. (3) Make and distribute its copies. (4) Perform it in public. (5) Display or exhibit it in public. To acquire a valid copyright, a work must have originality and some modicum of creativity. However, what is protected under copyright is the 'expression' or 'embodiment' of an idea, and not the idea itself. A copyright is not equivalent of legal-prohibition of plagiarism (which is an unethical and unprofessional conduct, but not an offense), and does not apply to factual information.

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John wanted to upload his vacation videos to YouTube, but every time he tried, they kept getting taken down because of copyright violations, due to the music that was playing in the background.
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Steve received a notice from YouTube that his video had been removed because of a copyright infringement, and he kicked himself for using that Bette Midler song instead of an original composition.
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The spin-off movie called Harry Plotter could not say the actual name Harry Potter at all because that name has copyrights with Warner Brothers.
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