VERB + COPYRIGHT have, hold, own The publisher has the copyright on all his books. | breach, infringe By publishing the book, they were guilty of infringing copyright. | be protected by Databases are generally protected by copyright.
COPYRIGHT + VERB protect sth Copyright protects your work from being commercially exploited by someone else without your consent.
PREP. in ~ The songs remain in copyright. | out of ~ His work is now out of copyright. | ~ on The family still holds the copyright on his works.
PHRASES breach/infringement of copyright They sued her for breach of copyright. | ownership of copyright Ownership of copyright can be transferred.