What Can be Protected by     

 Copyright Rights?

     Copyright rights may protect any "original work of authorship." This includes just about anything created by humans and placed on some type of tangible media. The media can be paper (e.g., advertising, instructions, training manuals, or drawings) or may be something that requires a machine to be seen or used (videotapes, CDs, or computer chips).
     To qualify for copyright protection, the work must be "original." This means that a person used his or her creative or organizational skills to create the work. However, the amount of originality required for protection by copyright is relatively small. For example, textual descriptions of factual information usually qualify for copyright protection even though the "information" is not protectable and no unusual writing skill is involved.