Copyright Q&A

Do product instruction manuals enjoy copyright protection even if they only contain operating procedures and specification descriptions?

Copyrightable “works” includes works in literature, science, the arts, and other academic area. Oral and literary works include poems, verses, prose, fictions, plays or scenarios, academic theses, lectures, and other oral and literary works. Product instruction manuals-even those that merely contain operating procedures and specification descriptions-fall in the category of literary works entitled to protection as long as they have some modicum of creativity. However, if they do not contain any modicum of creativity, then they are not copyrightable works, and are not entitled to copyright protection.