The University of Arkansas has published policies about various aspects of copyright compliance. Some are listed below.
"Works of authorship" covered by copyright include:
writing (both formal and informal), including laboratory notes, literature
Internet pages, presentation slides or other presentation files, computer programs
music (written or recorded)
art and most images, including photographs and computer-generated images.
These are all covered by copyright.
But the work MUST be original and fixed and it might include some elements (such as data) that are NOT copyrighted. Generally, copyright runs for the life of the author + 70 years*
For more details, see Circular 92: Copyright Law of the United States
These things are not covered by copyright in the United States:
However, these should be attributed to the author, creator or generator even if they have never been written down, or plagiarism may be an issue.
Other works of authorship:
Inventions = protected by patent law
Business and product names = protected by trademark law
Trade secrets = protected by contracts and trade secret law
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