Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An exclusive right or privilege of publishing one’s literary or artistic works. See 99 U. S. 67,4, 25 L. Ed. 308.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The right of literary property as recognized and sanctioned by positive law. A right granted by statute to the author or originator of certain literary or artistic productions, whereby he is invested, for a llmited period, with the sole and exclusive privilege of mnitiplying copies of the same and publishing and selling them. In re Rider, 16 R. I. 271, 15 Atl. 72; Mott Iron Works v. Clow, 83 Fed. 316, 27 C. a A. 250; Palmer v. De Witt, 47 N. Y. 536, 7 Am. Rep. 480; Keene v. Wheatley, 14 Fed. Cas. 185. An incorporeal right, being the exclusive privilege of printing, reprinting, selling, and publishing his own original work, which the law allows an author. Wharton. Copyright is the exclusive right of the owner of an. intellectual production to multiply and dispose of copies; the sole right to the copy, or to copy it The word is used indifferently to signify the statutory and the common-law right; or one right is sometimes called "copyright" after publication, or statutory copyright; the other copyright before publication, or common-law copyright. The word is also used synonymously with "literary property;" thus, the exclusive right of the owner publicly to read or exhibit a work is often called "copyright" This ls not strictly correct Drone, Copyr. 100. International copyright is the right of a subject of one country to protection against the republication in another country of a work which he originally published in his own country. Sweet.