According to the U.S. Copyright Office, copyright is "a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works."
Copyright law, as defined in Title 17 of the United States Code, protects "original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression" for a limited period. Copyright protection includes, for instance, the legal right to publish,reproduce and sell literary, artistic, or musical work.
Copyright applies both to traditional media (books, records, etc.) and to digital media (electronic journals, web sites, etc.). Copyright protects the following eight categories of works:
Under US Code17 Section 102, the following are copyright-protected:
|Literature||Music and lyrics||Drama|
|Pantomime and dance||Pictures, graphics, sculpture||Films|
The following cannot be copyrighted, but can be protected by patent or trade secret laws