What is copyright law?
What is covered by copyright?
The following types of works are protected by copyright law:
- Novels, poems, and other literary works
- Musical compositions and lyrics
- Plays and other dramatic works
- Dance routines
- Paintings, sculptures, graphic design pieces, and other artwork
- Films, television shows, and other audiovisial works
- Architecture and blue prints
- Sound recordings such as audiobooks and original spoken word pieces
What is NOT covered by copyright?
Not everything is protected by copyright. It's important to note that not only does a work need to be fixed in form, but the content must be original and creative. The following, according to the US Copyright Office, are not protected by copyright law:
- Ideas, concepts, procedures, etc.
- Any creative work not fixed in a tangible form like a speech. (You would need to write down your speech or record it in audio or video for it be copyrighted)
- Slogans and other short phrases
- Common symbols
- Lists of items or directories of people
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