What is Not Copyrighted?

Works that are not "fixed in a tangible medium," such as:

  • Singing in the shower
  • Choreography that has not been notated or filmed
  • Impromptu speeches
  • After Dinner Speech

Factual and commonly-known information:

  • Weights and measures
  • Dates
  • Addresses (Telephone Book)
  • Addresses in a Telephone Book

Ideas, concepts, slogans, and inventions - although some of these are protected by patents or trademarks

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Works in the public domain:

  • Works published before 1923 in the United States
  • Works for which the copyright term has expired without renewal
  • Works the author has intentionally placed in the public domain
  • Works that are products of the U. S. government
  • Jane Austen's Emma