Basic legal protection for books, plays, poetry, maps, board games, movies, musical compositions, recordings, software, sculptural and graphic works
The name of the bundle of legal rights of an “author” in an “original work” that is “fixed in tangible form” or “persistent medium,” either draft or final product. Does not protect mere ideas, or “functional characteristics.”
Unless “work” is “work for hire,” copyright is automatically conferred by law on “creator,” also known as “author,” at moment of “fixation.”
Individuals who volunteer or donate their services, usually on a part-time basis, for public service, religious or humanitarian objectives , not as employees and without contemplation of pay, are not considered employees of the religious, charitable or similar non-profit organizations that receive their service.