U.S. Copyright Office definition:
"Copyright refers to the author's (creators of all sorts such as writers, photographers, artists, film producers, composers, and programmers) exclusive right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, and publicly perform and display their works. These rights may be transferred or assigned in whole or in part in writing by the author. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, work created by an employee is usually owned by the employer. "
"Original works of authorship" are copyrightable.
Copyrightable works include:
The following are NOT copyrightable:
x Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, or discoveries
x Works that are not fixed in a tangible form
x Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans
x Familiar symbols or designs
x Mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring
x Mere listings of ingredients or contents
x Works created by federal government employees as part of their job
For more information, see U.S. Copyright Office, Circular 1.
Copyright protection is automatic when an original work is fixed in a tangible form. Registration is NOT required to confer copyright protection.
According to the U.S. Copyright Office, Circular 1, registration of a copyright has the following benefits:
You can see all of the available CALI lessons related to copyright law here:
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