Copyright Laws and the Protection of Intellectual Properties

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Copyright laws are intended to protect the intellectual properties of writers, musicians, artists, and others. In order for a work to be copyrightable, it must be both tangible, or fixed, and original. There have been many changes made to copyright law throughout time, however, each change has been made in order to further protect a person's intellectual property. In order for a work be eligible to be copyrighted it must fall into one of seven tangible or fixed categories. These categories include literary works, audio-visual works, sound recordings, musicals, pantomimes or choreography, pictorial/graphic/sculptural representations, and dramatic works. Architectural works became copyrightable in 1990. There are also several things that cannot be copyrighted. These limited things include titles and names, ideas, works by the United States Federal government, works without authorship or facts, and fashion. A copyright gives the copyright holder exclusive rights to produce copies of their work and sell those copies, to import and/or export the work, to create derivative works based upon the original work, to perform or display the work in a public forum, to transmit or display their works via radio or video, and to transfer these aforementioned rights as whole or in part, to others. Additionally, it should be noted that derivative works subsequently acquire a new copyright that is not attached to the original work. In 1995, a sixth exclusive right was included; the right to
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