Copyright provides legal protection for published and unpublished original works of authorship. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs making photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Each works' time under copyright varies and the Title 17, Chapter 3 specifies these durations.
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Protected Under Copyright
Not Protected Under Copyright
Musical works, including any accompanying words
Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
Pantomimes and choreographic works
Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
Sound recordings, which are works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds
Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, or discoveries
Works that are not fixed in a tangible form
Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans
Familiar symbols or designs
Mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring