Adjective - original
- 1. (not comparable) First in a series
The original manuscript contained spelling errors that were fixed in later versions This recording is by the original broadway cast.
- 2. (not comparable) Newly created
Tonight we will hear an original work by one of our best composers.
- 3. (comparable) Fresh, different
The paper contains a number of original ideas about color perception.
- 4. (not comparable) Pioneering
Noun - original
- 1. An object (e.g. narrative work) from which all later copies and variations are derived
This manuscript is the original
- 2. A person with a unique and interesting personality
You're an original
Originality is the aspect of created or invented works by as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works. An original work is one not received from others nor one copied based on the work of others. The term "originality" is often applied as a compliment to the creativity of artists, writers, and thinkers.
Originality in law
In the patent law of the United States and most other countries, only original inventions are subject to protection. In addition to being original, inventions submitted for a patent must also be useful and nonobvious.
In United States copyright law and the law of many other states, copyrights protect only original works of authorship, a property which has been historically and legally linked to a concept of "creativity". A work must pass a threshold of originality in order to be copyrightable.
An original idea is an Idea, which one person thought up wholly or partly independently of other people. Original ideas vary from brilliantly intelligent Innovations through to material likely to interest primarily Psychiatrists.
Sometimes two or more people can come up with the same idea independently.
- Copyright protection of photographs in Switzerland - describes the criteria for the originality of photographs in Swiss law.
- In fiction narratology, an original is the first-published installment of a series of works, thus having sequels, prequels, interquels, etc.
- Synonyms: archetype, prototype (the first draft of an original work), model, template, and pastiche (an imitation of an archetype or prototype in order to pay homage to the original creator)
- Derivative work