Basics of Copyrights

What is a copyright?

  • Works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.

Examples of Copyrighted Materials?

  • Books
  • Songs
  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Software


  • Varies, however it usually is 70 years after the death of author
  • If a work of corporate authorship, 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever expires first

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