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What Is a Copyright?

A copyright protects creative works and the right to reproduce them; this includes books, movies, music, games, artwork, and other kinds of creative products. You see and hear examples of copyrighted intellectual property every day. Every original expression of thought and creativity is protected by copyright, even without registration. Although a copyright may be registered with the Library of Congress Copyright Office, the creator of such an expression holds the copyright—and all the rights that go with it—regardless of registration.