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313.5 Specific Types of Works That May Contain Uncopyrightable Material

313.5 Specific Types of Works That May Contain Uncopyrightable Material


The U.S. Copyright Office has adopted policies regarding the copyrightability of specific types of literary works, works of the performing arts, and works of the visual arts.


For information concerning literary works that may be or may contain uncopyrightable material, see Chapter 700, Sections 707.1 (Numbers), 707.2 (Research), and 707.3 (Book Design).


For information concerning works of the performing arts that may be or may contain uncopyrightable material, see Chapter 800:


• Common property musical scales and arpeggios (Section 802.5 (A)).


• U.S. sound recordings fixed prior to February 15, 1972 (Section 803.5 (D)).


• Social dances, simple routines, and other uncopyrightable movements (Sections 805.5 (B) and 806.5 (B)).


For information concerning works of the visual arts that may be or may contain uncopyrightable material, see Chapter 900:


• Geometric figures and shapes (Section 906.1).


• Bridges, canals, dams, tents, mobile homes, and other uncopyrightable structures (Section 926.2).


• Interior design and landscape design (Section 926.2).


• Useful articles (Section 924).