Enumerated Categories of Copyrightable Works

All works are not copyrightable. Generally, it is the physical use of an idea, such as an illustration or a written novel that is covered under copyright law.  Copyrightable works include the following categories:

1 literary works

2 musical works, including any accompanying words

3 dramatic works, including any accompanying music

4 pantomimes and choreographic works

5 pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works

6 motion pictures and other audiovisual works

7 sound recordings

8 architectural works

These categories should be viewed broadly. For example, computer programs and most “compilations” may be registered as “literary works”; maps and architectural plans may be registered as “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works.”


Inside Enumerated Categories of Copyrightable Works