Original works of authorship that have been fixed to a particular tangible medium.
"The fixation need not be directly perceptible so long as it may be communicated with the aid of a machine or device." (That is, if you can play it, watch it, listen to it, touch it, or read it, it's protected.)
Fixed, protected works include:
- Literary works
- Musical works, including any accompanying words
- Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
- Pantomimes and choreographic workshttp://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf
- Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
- Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
- Sound recordings
- Architectural works
However, some things must be kept free for all to use, and can therefore NOT be put under copyright protection, such as:
Do trademarks, copyrights, and patents protect the same things?
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