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Q: What is copyright?
Answered by: Laura Sider

Copyright is federal law which provides the creators of original works the exclusive rights, for a limited time, to reproduce (make copies), make derivative works, distribute (by sale/lease/rental), perform, publicly display, and publicly transmit (for sound recordings) their own works. (see 17 U.S.C. §106 and 106A)  Generally, copyright today lasts the life of the author plus 70 years.

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