What Can You Copyright?

The Copyright Act allows for copyright on the following types of works:

  • literary works;
  • musical works, including any accompanying words;
  • dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
  • pantomimes and choreographic works;
  • pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
  • motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
  • sound recordings; and
  • architectural works.
  • In addition, you can register other works such as computer programs and semiconductor masks.

    Registering your copyright ensure that you can bring a timely lawsuit if someone is infringing your work, and early registration increases the amount you can recover in a suit by enabling you to recovery statutory damages.