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January 19, 2004Refreshing brilliant proseKept
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Misleading intro[edit]

Copyright is not, as the first sentence would have it, "a legal right". This is a widespread misconception. Rather, copyright is a bundle of legal rights.

There are very specific rights, such as the right to perform or the right to transmit. These are enumerated in the "Rights granted" section.

However, it would help readers to better understand the matter at hand if the first sentence were changed to "Copyright is a bundle of legal rights created by law,...".

Also, the "country" part should be left out, because it may be laws enacted by other entities than a country, for example a supranational entity such as the European Union, or a US-state, all of which have their own separate copyright laws (in addition to federal laws). Ds77 (talk) 07:09, 17 February 2018 (UTC)

OK how about "jurisdiction" instead of "country"; and how about set instead of bundle? Mike Spathaky (talk) 21:50, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
Agree. However jurisdiction probably is not well understandable for a common wp reader. How about state? EU Directives have to be implemented by the Member-States.
Checked first few references, almost all seem below the standard. Gave it some thoughts. Re-composed first sentence, tried to grap the essential, basic thing in copyright. Did also add/remix some words in other sentences of the intro, explaining (groups of) countries (states) make mutual agreements to deal with crossing border situations. Added some lines to explain that not only states, but also companies create their own copyrights. Feel free to make it better, discuss. (talk) 22:34, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

"work for hire" citation could be a better example[edit]

The statement "The original holder of the copyright may be the employer of the author rather than the author himself if the work is a 'work for hire'" cites the court case U.S.C. § 201(b); Cmty. for Creative Non-Violence v. Reid, 490 U.S. 730 (1989), which overturns a work for hire court decision. So, the reference mentions the possibility that work for hire can mean that the employer gets the copyright, but the result of the case is the opposite. If someone knew of a case where work for hire was upheld, it might make a better example. (talk) 13:52, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

A Commons file used on this page has been nominated for deletion[edit]

The file En-Copyright.ogg on Wikimedia Commons has been nominated for deletion. View and participate in the deletion discussion at the nomination page. Community Tech bot (talk) 04:36, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Copyright on hundreds years old manuscripts[edit]

Some but especially British libariers claim copyright on old manuscript (scans). I like to read how they justify such claims but this context is missing. Plz add chapter or discus subject (collect sources?). Perhaps related to Cultural_heritage . Random exmaple of this copyright see top pix (talk) 04:18, 4 July 2018 (UTC)

  • Hi, there's two possibilities with that. One, they could mean that the photograph of the manuscript is copyrighted, and photograph copyright is mentioned in the article. Two, the article could be confusing copyright, the ability to restrict copying, with attribution, stating where the information came from. The original manuscript, being 750 years old, is not copyrighted. One way we could incorporate this sort of idea into the article is to talk about the dynamic of how/why photographs of public domain things can be copyrighted, but I suspect that might be better suited for Photography and the law#Copyright. lethargilistic (talk) 12:41, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

"... industrial property rights, which are used for inventions ..."[edit]

See Talk:Intellectual_property#"..._industrial_property_rights,_which_are_used_for_inventions_...". Cheers --Edcolins (talk) 17:26, 8 December 2018 (UTC)

About copyright[edit]

Hi ! So i’m The new user on Wikipedia, I didn’t much about copyrights. Now I just know only that we have to use a picture that you didn’t own with the permission by the owner of the pics I know only this. Today i use a picture of the American Actress without Permission . Someone who knows about copyright please explain me. Thank you for reading my discussion.

I deeply appreciate

Iamcryingbaby Iamcryingbaby (talk) 13:00, 12 May 2019 (UTC)