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Common-Law Copyright

common-law copyright n

: a copyright in common law protecting unpublished works NOTE: Works created after January 1, 1978, are protected by statutory rather than common-law copyright while unpublished.



Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.