What is literary work?

 

Well when people think about literary works--when I think literary works--I think novels, I think of text books, I think magazine articles, and those are literary works arts.  Of the copy written materials with the Copyright Office, over half of those our literary works, but not all of the literary work is copyrightable, only the work is projected, which means that facts in the work--you can't copyright facts.  Now if you have a character giving their impression of the facts, that is copyrightable. 

 

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Jon Pfeiffer is an experienced entertainment and copyright trial attorney practicing in Santa Monica. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he teaches Media Law. COM 570 covers First Amendment issues as well as copyright, defamation and privacy.

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