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Guide To Acronyms Used In The Copyright Universe

October 6, 2021

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by David Ward and Mike Arnold

 

Creators, lawyers, and industry executives alike all use acronyms—those sometimes-ambiguous combinations of capital letters that have become so pervasive that oftentimes even the people who frequently use them have forgotten what they mean. What are intended as shorthand references to save time really only save time for those already “in the know.” Many new creators, students, and professionals who are unfamiliar with these acronyms may look at those letters and simply be lost or confused. If you’ve ever found yourself researching a copyright or media issue and come across a smattering of letters seemingly arbitrarily put together, fear not, because you are in the right place.

Below we identify and explain various acronyms that are commonly used in the copyright world.

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