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What Is a Copyright? is pleased to present this information about "What Is a Copyright?". This is the same information as provided by the USPTO for inventors, entrepeneurs and prospective patentholders as of our last update on 01/28/08.
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"What Is a Copyright?" patent information

"Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of "original works of authorship" including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work, to perform the copyrighted work publicly, or to display the copyrighted work publicly.

The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing. For example, a description of a machine could be copyrighted, but this would only prevent others from copying the description; it would not prevent others from writing a description of their own or from making and using the machine. Copyrights are registered by the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress."

Source: USPTO - This information on "What Is a Copyright?" is current as of: 01/28/08


1. What Is a Patent?
2. What Is a Trademark or Servicemark?
3. What Is a Copyright?
4. Patent Laws
5. What Can Be Patented
6. Conditions For Obtaining A Patent
7. The United States Patent And Trademark Office
8. Attorneys and Agents
9. Disclosure Document Program
10. Who May Apply For A Patent
11. Non-Provisional Application for a Patent
12. Provisional Application for a Patent
13. Publication of Patent Applications
14. 1.84 Standards for Drawings
15. Issue of Patent
16. Maintenance Fees
17. Correction of Patents
18. Infringement of Patents
19. Design Patents