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Copyright Overview

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. Copyrightable works include literary works; musical works; dramatic works; pantomimes and choreographic works; pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; sound recordings; and architectural works. Generally, for works that were created on or after January 1, 1978, the term of copyright protection automatically begins from the moment of its creation and endures for the author’s life plus an additional 70 years after the author’s death.

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