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Copyright: What does Copyright Cover?

Copyright Best Practices

Copy Rights for Faculty

Questions about how your work is protected via copyright?

Relevent U.S. Code

Who Owns Copyright to a Work?

Copyright Clearance Center: Copyright Education Series Foundations Workbook 2006.

What is Protected?

Under 17 USCS section 102 the following is protected:

  • Literature
  • Music and lyrics
  • Drama
  • Pantomime and dance
    Pictures, graphics, sculpture
  • Films
  • Sound Recordings
  • Architecture
  • Software

"In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work."

(U.S. Copyright Office)


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