Checklist on what is protected by Copyright



Copyright is capable of existing in original works of the following descriptions or categories:

  •  Literary works: Written works, such as novels, poems, articles, notes and song lyrics; computer programs; tables; and compilations, including compilations of works and compilations of data.

  • Dramatic works: Includes works of dance or mime and scenarios or scripts for films and plays.

  • Artistic works: Graphical works such as paintings, drawings, plans and maps, irrespective or artistic "quality" or merit; photographs, sculptures and models; buildings and models of buildings; and works of artistic craftsmanship which must have some artistic quality or level of skill.

  • Musical works: Musical scores or arrangements, but not accompanying lyrics or dances (which could be separately protected as a literary or dramatic work).

  • Sound recordings: Recordings or fixation of sounds or literary, dramatic or musical works from which sounds can be reproduced. A recording is protected separately from any copyright that may exist in the work recorded.

  • Films: Recordings in any media from which moving images can be produced by any means, which includes video cassette (such VHS or BETA recordings), celluloid prints, digital versatile disk (DVDs) recordings, video compact disk (VCD) recordings and films stored on other types of computer disks.

  • Broadcasts: A broadcast is a transmission, that may or may not be encrypted, of a radio or television programme by wireless communication means to, or which is capable of being lawfully received by, a public audience. Copyright arises in respect of broadcasts independently of any copyright in the content.

  • Cable programmes: A cable programme is an item (such as a television programme or film) that is included in a cable programme service. A cable programme service is a transmission service by means of a telecommunication system (other than by wireless communication means) to a public or subscription audience.

  • Typographical arrangements of published editions: The typeset or image of the published edition of the whole or part of a literary, dramatic or published work (that may or may not itself be protected by copyright). Copyright in a typographical arrangement exists independently of copyright in the published work.


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