What does a copyright protect?

  • Literary works
    • Books, brochures, reports, articles
  • Dramatic works
    • Films, plays, scripts
  • Musical works
    • Composition and lyrics
  • Artistic works
    • Paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, plans
  • Software
    • Source code and object code (“literary works”)
    • Graphical user interface (“artistic works”)

Copyright Protection:

  • “Right to copy” – exclusive right to produce, reproduce, publish, and create derivative works
  • Automatic protection (registration is optional)
  • Registration = only a record of ownership
  • Form + $50 fee
  • Protection lasts 50 years from death of author
  • Default owner is author unless work was created as part of employment