This guide is designed to share information on copyright and related topics. This guide does not supply legal advice, nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.
Copyright law protects the following exclusive rights of copyright holders:
Because these rights are exclusive, copyright holders have the right to either grant or deny others' requests to use their works.
Source: 17 U.S.C. §106
Copyright can be very confusing and is also extremely complex. Copyright is a form of legal protection for authors of "orginial works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protenction is available to both published and unplublished works.
Under 17 USCS Section 102 the following is protected:
"In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work."
What is not protected by copyright?