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.