What you can't copyright
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by Todd Bateman
What can't you copyright?
In the cultural and artistic scene, copyright protects unique works, and originality implies that works generated by different people will never be the same, but they can be nearly identical as long as one is not taken from the other.
Due to a lack of originality, a work that is so simple that it can appear more or less the same no matter who writes it is not covered by copyright. Because it is too brief, the title of an article or a book, for example, is often not deemed copyrightable.
It should be mentioned that, while this is true in certain cases, it is not true in others. In some circumstances, national copyright legislation may not expressly address the issue. In practice, even if a work's title is not copyrightable, It is essentially free of copyright protection.
The level of originality varies a lot depending on the jurisdiction. Recent news stories are an example; in some cases, They would not be considered copyrightable in other nations. In certain cases, they would be protected by copyright, but in others, they would not. (Even if they fall under a copyright exception).
The fundamental facts, Ideals or concepts expressed in work on the other hand, are not protected. but it is the uniqueness of the work that makes it stand out by a person who expresses those facts, thoughts, or beliefs of a particular author that is protected.
Even if news articles are protected by copyright, several pieces based on the same underlying facts can be produced by different authors. It's worth remembering that whether or not a work is copyrightable has nothing to do with whether or not it can be published or distributed under the law.
Pornographic or indecent works are prohibited in several nations, however, they might still be protected by copyright in theory. However, enforcing copyright in jurisdictions where the work is illegal or prohibited may be challenging, especially if doing so would imply confessing to criminal activity.
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