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Something That You Can Copyright

A newspaper article. Easy? Yes. A review? Yes. But, as legendary football coach Vince Lombardi¬†¬†might have said to his NFL team at the beginning of training camp “Gentleman, this is a football.” It never hurts to go back over some basics.

Here’s a list from the US Copyright Office of the types of works that copyright protects:

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

7. sound recordings

8. architectural works

The general rule. of course, is that copyright protects original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression.

Do any parts of this definition raise interesting questions?

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