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United States Copyright Office

The United States Copyright Office registers hundreds of thousands of copyright claims for books, journals, music, movies, sound recordings, software, photographs, and other works of original authorship every year. 

copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of "original works of authorship" including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. The 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies of the copyrighted work, to perform the copyrighted work publicly, or to display the copyrighted work publicly. The copyright protects the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the writing.

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