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1 : that from which a copy or reproduction is made [both parties signed the ] compare duplicate
2 : a work composed firsthand as the product of an author's creativity NOTE: A work must be an original in order to obtain a copyright.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.