Blank Forms; Form Books

According to the copyright law, blank forms designed for recording information are not copyrightable.  Below is a list of blank forms that are not copyrightable.

  • Account books
  • Bank checks
  • Diaries
  • Graph paper
  • Order forms
  • Report forms
  • Scorecards
  • Timecards

Although blank forms or charts are not copyrightable, there are exceptions to this rule.  If the blank forms or charts contain language explanatory of and inseparably included in the copyrighted text or material, then the forms or charts are protected because they convey information. For example, the “blank form” doctrine would not bar a compilation copyright protection for a baseball pitching form, if the creator’s selection of categories of statistics were found to display sufficient creativity to be a copyrightable compilation of information.


Inside Blank Forms; Form Books