Literary property is the concept that the creator of a literary work has certain universal rights to their creation. Unlike international copyright laws, which define the role of the literary creation in terms of a marketplace and require a physical manifestation, literary property is the belief that an author has some control on how their creation is used by the culture at large. It is meant to acknowledge that even work that may not have a fixed format, for example, lectures, speeches, and impromptu performance, would still be considered to be owned by the author and have some kind of cultural and legal protection.

The idea of literary property predates copyright and is a foundation for the first Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and ...

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