Pronunciation: (kop'ē-rīt"),[key] —n. the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 50 years after his or her death.
—adj. 1. of or pertaining to copyrights.
2. Also,cop'y•right"ed.protected by copyright.