What works are Protected?
To qualify for copyright protection, a work must be original, and it must be fixed in a tangible medium of expression. The law leaves the phrase "original works or authorship" undefined, but lists eight tangible media of expression:
- literary works
- musical works, including any accompanying words
- dramatic works, including any accompanying music
- pantomimes and choreographic works
- pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
- motion pictures and other audiovisual works
- sound recordings
- architectural works
Works need not necessarily be completely original to qualify for copyright protection. The law also protects original contributions to derivative works.