What does copyright cover?
- Copyright protects original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. Copyrighted works include the following categories:
- Literary works (also includes computer software!)
- Musical works, including any accompanying words
- Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
- Pantomimes and choreographic works
- Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
- Sound recordings
- Architectural works
What is not protected by copyright?
- Works that you have not fixed in tangible form
- Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; mere listings of ingredients or contents
- Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, or devices (Some of these are patented, some trademarked…see below)
- Works consisting entirely of information that is common property and containing no original authorship
Additional Resources for Copyright