A copyright protects original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. These works often include presentations, company operating/instructional manuals, whitepapers, computer software, screen displays and graphical user interfaces. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. For example, while the actual facts in a company manual are not protected, the way the facts are expressed in the manual is protected.
Copyrights give the creator exclusive rights to the work. At a basic level, a copyright holder has the right to control reproduction of the work and the right to display the work publicly. Additionally, the copyright holder has the right to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, as well as to determine who may perform the work.