Copyright is the concept that gives the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it.

According to the Collins English Dictionary, the term copyright is described in the following way:

The exclusive right to produce copies and to control an original literary, musical, or artistic work, granted by law for a specified number of years (in Britain, usually 70 years from the death of the author, composer, etc., or from the date of publication if later).

Copyright. (2009). In Collins English Dictionary: Complete & Unabridged (10th ed.). Retrieved on July 8, 2013, from

The website Copyright in Higher Education provides a comprehensible explanation about copyright, especially targeted at university education.

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