Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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1007 Uncopyrightable Material

1007 Uncopyrightable Material

A registration for a claim in website content does not extend to any uncopyrightable material contained within a website. In particular, the U.S. Copyright Office will refuse to register website content that does not constitute copyrightable subject matter or content that lacks a sufficient amount of original authorship. Examples of uncopyrightable material include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Ideas, such as plans for future websites.

• Functional design elements.

• Domain names and hypertext links.

• The layout, format, or “look and feel” of a website.

• Common, unoriginal material, such as names, icons, or familiar symbols.

See 17 U.S.C. § 102 (B); see also 37 C.F.R. § 202.1.

This type of material is discussed in Sections 1007.1 through 1007.4. For a general discussion of uncopyrightable material, see Chapter 300, Section 313.

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