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What is copyright?

Copyright is a body of law that grants exclusive rights to creators to control the use of their original works for limited periods of time. In the United States of America, copyright was first established in the Constitution and further enacted by Congress as a component of Federal Law. Similar laws have been enacted in many countries throughout the world, and international treaties permit reciprocal protection of copyrighted works. Copyright law protects the original expression of an idea, but not the idea itself. You can claim the copyright on an actual love song you've written, which has words and music you've recorded, but you can't claim the copyright on the general idea of a song about a broken heart, an unrequited romance, or how happy a person makes you feel, etc.

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