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What is It?

A copyright is a specific form of intellectual property protection that protects the expression of an idea, not the idea itself. A copyrightable work must be original, set down in a tangible or fixed form. Works must fit into eight categories:

  • Literary works
  • Musical works, including accompanying words
  • Dramatic works, including accompanying music
  • Pantomimes and choreographic works
  • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
  • Sound recordings
  • Architectural works