Copyright Q&A

What kinds of works are protected by copyright?

The term “works” in the Copyright Act includes works in literature, science, the arts, and other intellectual realms. It includes oral and literary works (such as poems, verses, prose, fictions, plays or scenarios, and lectures), musical works (such as scores and lyrics), dramatic and choreographic works (such as pantomimes, musicals, dances), artistic works (such as paintings, comic strips (cartoons), sculptures, craftworks), photographic works (such as photographs and slides), pictorial and graphic works (such as maps, charts, scientific or engineering design drawings), audiovisual works (such as motion pictures, videocassettes, videodisks), sound recordings, architectural works (such as architectural design drawings, architectural models, buildings or constructions), computer programs, and performances. Copyright protects only the expression of a work, not the ideas, processes, operational methods, or concepts behind a work.