Definitions Edit

General Edit

An author is

  • a person or entity responsible for the content of a book or other publication.

U.S. copyright law Edit

While the term author is used repeated in U.S. copyright law, the term is never defined. The U.S. Supreme Court has defined an "author" as “[h]e to whom anything owes its origin; originator, maker.”[2]


  1. "IBM Terminology" (full-text).
  2. Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53, 58 (1884) (full-text).
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