What Does Copyright Not Protect?

What Does Copyright Not Protect?

Copyrightable material must be original and contain a minimal level of creativity.

Generally, works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression are not eligible for
copyright protection.

 

Copyright does not protect:

  • Facts, ideas, titles, names, short phrases, slogans, procedures, methods, concepts, principles, and discoveries, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. (It is the description, explanation or illustration of these things that can be protected.)
  • Works consisting entirely of information that is common property and containing no original authorship. (For example: standard calendars, height and weight charts, tape measures and rulers, and common lists or tables.)
  • Names, but a name might be protected by trademark law if the name identifies and distinguishes
    a product or service.
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