In copyright law, a copy is the physical form in which the creative expression is fixed. Under the Copyright Act, "'Copies' are material object, other than phonorecords, in which a work is fixed by any method now known or later developed, and from which the work can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. The term 'copies' includes the material object, other than a phonorecord, in which the work is first fixed." 17 U.S.C. §101.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
For copyright purposes, the physical form in which creative expression is reproduced and retained over time, no matter how brief. Copies include such things as books, magazines, photocopies, computer disks, and tape recordings. The exclusive right to prepare copies of an original work is one of the primary rights protected by a copyright.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:13 pm