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Copyright is term used to describe the legal protection available to original products of intellectual works. In the United States, copyright laws are derived from Title 17 of the United States Code. It is illegal for anyone to violate the copyright laws provided to the owner of the copyright; however, these rights are not unlimited in scope. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act lists the rights afforded by copyright law, whereas sections 107-122 note the exception or limitations to these rights.
Constitutional right "to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries."
Complete Version of the U.S. Copyright Law, December 2011
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