What are Copyrightable Works?

Anything that fits into one of these eight categories is copyrightable works:

  1. Literary works (not limited to literature)
  2. Musical works
  3. Dramatic works
  4. Pantomimes and choreographic works
  5. Pictorial, graphics, and sculptural works
  6. Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  7. Sound recordings
  8. Architectural works

These apparent narrow classifications are in fact interpreted very broadly and cover pretty much anything the human creative intellect can come up with. For instance computer programs fall under the category of "literary works" and can be registered with the copyright office.