Copyright, n. A legal protection acquired for a piece of information,
commonly used by the author or publisher of a book, program, et
cetera, to secure benefit$ from its use. While it is possible to be
more lenient in what a copyright permits, that option ranks to many as
an extremely gnu concept. Most commonly, all rights are reserved.
Without the express written consent of the owner, n. part of the work
may be be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in
any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,
recording, or biological.
- -- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary