What is copyrightable?

In the most basic terms, a copyright subsists in an expression of original creativity. Only the actual expression can be copyrighted; ideas cannot be copyrighted.

Many familiar items are the subject of copyright, such as:

  • visual artworks, such as drawings, paintings, and photographs
  • physical artworks, such as sculptures and installations
  • books, articles and other written materials
  • music
  • films
  • computer software
  • video games

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