derivative work


derivative work
derivative work n: a piece of intellectual property that substantially derives from an underlying work
◇ Use of a derivative work that is derived from an underlying copyrighted work is infringement if the permission of the copyright owner is not obtained.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

derivative work
noun consequential work, corollary work, ensuing work, resulting work, secondary work, subsequent work

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


derivative work
In copyright, a new creative work based upon an existing work. To be separately protected under copyright law, a derivative must include sufficient original creative work. Examples of derivative works include a translation of a book, a toy based on a cartoon character, or a movie script based on a novel.
Category: Patent, Copyright & Trademark → Copyright Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


derivative work
n. In copyright, a work that is based on another, in whole or part, in the same or another medium, such as a sequel to a novel or a live musical based on a movie. A derivative work cannot be published without the permission of the creator of the original, or the permission of any successor to the creator's rights.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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