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What is the Difference between Copyright and Copywrite?

Sunday, April 26, 2009 @ 06:04 PM Karen Hood

Copyright (noun) is the set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute, and adapt the work. These rights can be licensed, transferred, and/or assigned. Copyright lasts for a certain time period after which the work is said to enter the public domain.

Copywrite may be used by some as a verb designating what copywriters do, but it is not actually a word. The correct verbiage is “write copy.”  Copywriting is a profession.  A copywriter works in marketing and writes advertising (copy) for companies.

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