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Copyright: Definition, History, and Current Law 

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

Copyright is a term used to describe the legal right of authors to control the communication and reproduction of their original works of authorship., Thus, copyright law provides for the protection of rights of parties involved in the creation and dissemination of intellectual property. While a variety of people and entities derive benefits from copyright laws (authors, publishers, editors, composers, artists, and the producers of television and radio programs, films, sound recordings, video, computer programs, and software), few thoroughly understand the law and its basic applications. This section discusses current copyright laws and applications in scientific publishing. Copyright laws, scope,

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