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1.3 What is protected? (types of works)

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The Copyright Act divides the materials protected into two categories: works and 'other subject matter'. The rules applying to the two categories are different - for example, the length and scope of copyright protection differs for the two different categories. Examples of the two categories include:

  1. Works
    Artistic Works Literary Works Musical Works Dramatic Works
    • paintings
    • sculptures
    • graphics
    • cartoons
    • etchings
    • lithographs
    • photography
    • drawings
    • plans
    • maps
    • diagrams
    • charts
    • buildings
    • models of buildings
    • moulds and casts
    • for sculptures
    • novels
    • text books
    • newspaper articles
    • magazine articles
    • journals
    • poems
    • song lyrics
    • timetables
    • technical manuals
    • instruction manuals
    • computer software
    • computer games
    • anthologies
    • directories
    • databases
    • Melodies
    • song music
    • pop songs
    • advertising jingles
    • film score
    • plays
    • screenplays
    • mime
    • choreography
  2. Other Subject Matter
  3. Films
    Sound Recordings
    Broadcasts
    Published editions
    • cinematographic films
    • video recordings
    • DVDs
    • television programs
    • advertisements
    • music videos
    • interactive games and
    • interactive films
    • vinyl music or voice
    • recorded on vinyl
    • CD
    • DVD
    • audio cassette tapes
    • MP3 files
    • radio
    • television
    • typesetting (the layout and look of a publication)

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