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Copyright Compendium

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by Richard A. Chapo

The legal protection known has “copyright” has come front and center over the
past few years with major legal rulings regarding peer-to-peer networks on the
Internet. Copyright protection, however, can be a confusing area of the law. This
article details what can and cannot be protected by copyright.

Copyright Protection? - Yes

Copyright protects "original works of authorship" in a tangible, fixed form of
expression. The material does need to be directly perceptible as long as it can be
expressed with the aid of technology. A good example of this is a movie, which
requires a projection device of some sort.

Materials that can be copyrighted include:

1. Literary works;

2. Musical works, including any accompanying words

3. Dramatic works, including any accompanying music

4. Pantomimes and choreographic works

5. Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works

6. Motion pictures and other audiovisual works

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7. Sound recordings

8. Architectural works

Each of these categories is traditionally given a very broad reading. For instance,
“literary works” include computer programs and plans for building a home are
considered "pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works." While copyright cuts a broad
path, it doesn’t cover everything.

Protected by Copyright? – No

If a work is not tangible, copyright protection will not apply. This can lead to
confusion, so here are a few categories not eligible for protection from copyright:

1. Works that are not fixed. For example, the statements made by experts at a
round table discussion or a comedian’s stage act.

2. Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans. These materials may be eligible for
patent protection.

3. Ideas, procedures and methods.

Copyright protection is a valuable intellectual property tool. By using copyright
protection, you can create and produce materials without worrying about them
being swiped. That is, unless someone in China gets ahold of it. In that case, all
bets are off!

If it all possible, copyright the material you produce to prevent others from
misusing it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard A. Chapo is a San Diego business lawyer with
http://www.sandiegobusinesslawfirm.com- providing legal services and legal

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advice to businesses in San Diego, California.

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contracts. Details: http://www.researchcopyright.com/showbiz-film-and-tv-contracts.php

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