3. Copyright Basics: What's covered?
In order for a work to be covered by copyright, it must be an original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.
There are several types of works that can be protected. They are all listed in Section 102 of the Copyright Act:
|musical works, including any accompanying words|
|dramatic works, including any accompanying music|
|pantomimes and choreography|
|pictorial, graphic and sculptural works|
|motion pictures and other audiovisual works|
In addition to these, new formats such as:
- video games
- digital works, including web pages and online images
have all been determined to be covered by copyright protection.
Not all creative works are covered by copyright.
Works not covered by copyright include:
|Works already in the public domain (discussed in detail on tutorial's next page)||
|Works not fixed in a tangible medium||
|Works of the U.S. Government produced by government employees||