Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection that gives its owner the exclusive right to copy, distribute, adapt, display, and perform a creative work and it protects original works of authorship, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. For a piece of work to receive copyright, it must be:

  • an original creation
  • in a written or recorded form

However, it doesn’t protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.