Works without enough "originality" (creativity) to merit copyright protection such as titles, names, short phrases and slogans, familiar symbols or designs, font design, ingredients or contents, facts, blank forms, etc. cannot be copyrighted.
Simply so, what are the things that can be copyrighted?
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section "What Works Are Protected."
What types of things can t be copyrighted?
5 Things You Can't Copyright
- Ideas, Methods, or Systems. Ideas, methods, and systems are not covered by copyright protection.
- Commonly Known Information. This category includes items that are considered common property and with no known authorship.
- Choreographic Works.
- Names, Titles, Short Phrases, or Expressions.
Can a word or phrase be copyrighted?
Copyright protection does not extend to titles, names, slogans or short phrases, the Copyright Office has made that much very clear. You can not copyright your name, the title of your post or any short phrase that you use to identify a work.