Is It Protected by Copyright Law?
U.S. Copyright Law 102 & 107; Copyright Term Extension Act
What does U.S. Copyright Law protect?
1. Copyright law protects original ideas that are recorded in a fixed medium (unrecorded ideas are not protected)
2. Copyright owners (and those whom the copyright owner authorizes) have an exclusive right to do the following with the recorded work:
Reproduce the work
Prepare derivative works from the work
Distribute copies of the work (ex: movie from book)
Perform the works publicly
Display the work publicly
See Copyright Basics
What does U.S. Copyright Law not protect?
abbreviations layout punctuations
blank forms lettering recipes
common patterns letters short phrases
common symbols methods systems
design musical notes titles
fonts names typeface
2. Government Documents
You may use any recorded work created by people while they were employed by the U.S. Govt without their permission. Such works are not protected by U.S. Copyright Law (105).