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The owner of a copyright has the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
Copyright protects "original works of authorship" that are fixed in a tangible form including the following:
These categories should be viewed broadly. For example, computer code and many "compilations" may be registered as "literary works." Maps and architectural plans may be registered as "pictorial, graphic and sculptural works."
Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases. In some cases, these things may be protected as trademarks. LegalZoom can assist you in registering a trademark. However, copyright protection may be appropriate for logo art work that contains sufficient creativity. In some circumstances, a logo may receive both copyright and trademark protection.
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