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The Graphic Design Reference & Specification Book by Irina Lee, Aaris Sherin, Poppy Evans

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Chapter 2: Copyright and Trademark Standards

COPYRIGHT

Copyright is defined as the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, and sell a literary, musical, or artistic work. Anything that is produced is a copyrighted piece of work as soon as it is produced if it falls under one of the above categories. In the United States, a work is under the protection of copyright from the moment it is created until seventy years after its author’s death. During that period, the owner of a copyrighted work owns the rights to its reproduction, display, distribution, and adaptation to derivative works. (Note that a “work” can be copyrighted, but not an idea. Ideas must be patented.) A copyright infringement occurs when somebody copies a copyright protected ...

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