Chapter 2 -- Requirements for Copyright Protection

In this chapter, we consider the basic requirements for copyright protection. This chapter contains the following decisions, listed in the order they are presented in the text. Click on any case name to see background information as well as the full court opinion.

Part A -- The Elements of Copyrightable Subject Matter

A.1 -- Fixation
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A.2 -- Originality
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A.3 -- The "Idea/Expression Distinction"
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Part B -- Two Special Cases: Derivative Works and Compilations

B.1 -- Derivative Works
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B.2 -- Compilations
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