What can be copyrighted?
Non-exhaustive examples of each type of works are as follows:
- Literary works
Literary works includes magazine and newspaper articles, books, essays, letters, poems, computer software programs, blog posts and other forms of written expression.
- Musical works
Musical works include musical notes and sound-recorded music.
- Dramatic works
Dramatic works include screenplays, television scripts, and stage plays.
- Choreographic works
Choreographic works include dances and pantomime performances.
- Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works include paintings, photography, sculptures, hand-written drawings, and computer drawings.
- Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
Motion pictures and other audiovisual works include movies, television shows, commercials, podcasts, and slideshows.
- Sound recordings
Sound recordings include songs, instrumental music, speeches, audio books, broadcasts, and sound effects.
- Architectural works
Any design plans or sketches for commercial buildings or residences may be protected for their original, non-functional design elements.
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