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503.1 (E) Copyrightable Authorship

503.1 (E) Copyrightable Authorship


When completing an application, the applicant should identify the copyrightable authorship that the author contributed to the work, but should not assert a claim in any aspect of the work that is not protected by copyright. For more information on what constitutes uncopyrightable authorship, see Chapter 300, Section 313.


The following chart provides representative examples of various types of works and the copyrightable authorship they typically contain, as distinguished from the uncopyrightable material that may appear in the work. In these examples, the Office may register a claim to copyright in the “text,” “photographs,” “artwork,” or other forms of copyrightable authorship that the author contributed to the work, but not the “facts,” “listing of ingredients,” “process,” “method,” “name,” “typeface,” “typographic ornamentation,” or other uncopyrightable material.


Type of Work

Copyrightable Authorship

Uncopyrightable Material

Newspaper

Text, photographs, illustrations

Facts

Cookbook

Text, artwork, photographs

Listings of ingredients; ideas, procedures, processes, or methods for cooking

Computer program

Source code, screen displays of pictorial or audiovisual authorship

Ideas, procedures, processes, systems, methods of operation, concepts, principles, or discoveries

Product logo

Artwork

Name of the product; typeface or typographic ornamentation

Comic book

Artwork, text

Name of characters; idea for characters


Type of Work

Copyrightable Authorship

Uncopyrightable Material

Website

Text, artwork, photographs, audiovisual material

Format and layout; domain name

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