(U.S.) The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to secure to authors the exclusive rights to their writings for a limited time. U.S. Const. art. I, § 8, cl. 8.
(Int’l) Copyright (or author’s right) is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculpture, and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawings.