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Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015     Views: 34

Protections of Copyright

Copyright protects original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. This includes:

  • Literary Works & Dramatic Works
  • Musical Works & Sound Recordings
  • Pictorial, Graphic & Sculptural Works
  • Motion Pictures & Other Audiovisual Works
  • Pantomimes & Other Choreographic Works
  • Architectural Works

Copyright does not protect:

  • Titles, names, short phrases, slogans
  • Facts, news and discoveries
  • Works created by the U.S. government
  • Ideas, procedures, methods, systems or processes (but these may be patentable)
  • Works lacking "a modicum of originality" (e.g. a phone book in alphabetical order)

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