Copyright Protection

Copyright protection, under title 17 of the U. S. Code, to the authors of “original works of authorship” protects works fixed in a tangible form of expression, where the fixation need not be directly perceptible but may be communicated with the aid of a machine or device. Categories of copyrightable works include:

  • literary works;
  • musical works, including any accompanying words;
  • dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
  • pantomimes and choreographic works;
  • pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
  • motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
  • sound recordings; and
  • architectural works.

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