Mention copyrightable works and you probably think of literary works. By far the most frequently protected of the eight categories of “works of authorship” protected by United States copyright law are literary works. Generally, a literary work is what it sounds like: a novel, screenplay, or fictional story. But copyright law also protects computer software, literary characters, and documentaries depicting historical events, subject to some limitations.
Depictions of historical and factual events in literary works are protected under copyright law, but only to the original elements of the work. For…read more >