What Works Are Protected
Copyright protects “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. The fixation need not be directly perceptible so long as it may be communicated with the aid of a machine or device. Categories include:
These categories should be viewed quite broadly. For example, computer programs and most “compilations” are registrable as “literary works.” Maps and architectural plans are registrable as “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works.”
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