The <copyright> element specifies legal ownership of the content.

The <copyright> element is used for a single copyright entry. It includes the copyright years and the copyright holder. Multiple <copyright> statements are allowed.

This element is equivalent to the Rights element in Dublin Core.



These models represent only the default document types distributed by OASIS. Actual content models will differ with each new document type.
Doctype Content model
topic, map, concept, ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup, reference, task, bookmap, classifyMap, subjectScheme, machineryTask, learningAssessment, learningBookmap, learningContent, learningMap, learningOverview, learningPlan, learningSummary ( (copyryear) (one or more) then (copyrholder) )

Contained by

Doctype Content model
topic (base), topic (technical content), concept, ditabase, glossary, glossentry, glossgroup, reference, task (strict), task (general), machineryTask, learningAssessment, learningContent, learningOverview, learningPlan, learningSummary prolog
map (base), map (technical content), bookmap, classifyMap, subjectScheme, learningBookmap, learningMap topicmeta


- topic/copyright


  <copyryear year="2001-04-12"></copyryear>
 <copyright type=secondary>
  <copyryear year="2002-03-03></copyryear>
  <copyrholder>Schweetones Publishing, Inc.</copyrholder>


Name Description Data Type Default Value Required?
type Indicates the legal status of the copyright holder. Note that this differs from the type attribute on many other DITA elements. Beginning with DITA 1.2, values in this attribute are not limited to a small number of choices; the following values were used in DITA 1.0 and DITA 1.1, and are still provided as sample values:
The copyright holder with first claim on the copyright
An additional copyright holder who is not primary
See Using the -dita-use-conref-target value for more information.
univ-atts attribute group (includes select-atts, id-atts, and localization-atts groups) A set of related attributes, described in univ-atts attribute group
global-atts attribute group (xtrf, xtrc) A set of related attributes, described in global-atts attribute group
class A common attribute described in Other common DITA attributes

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