An introduction to copyright.
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Copyright is a segment of US law* that exists to encourage “authors” to share their creative works by giving them certain rights which will allow them to profit from their work.
The rights protected by copyright include:
*Title 17 of the US Code (Copyright Act of 1976)
Copyright covers "original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression" (Title 17, Section 102, US Code).
Copyright is AUTOMATIC
Copyright Applies To
Other laws such as patents and trademarks may apply, but the following types of works cannot by copyrighted: