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What are some examples of copyright works?

The following are just a few examples of works in which copyright subsists:

Artistic works

  • A novel
  • A poem
  • A photograph
  • A movie
  • Lyrics to a song
  • A musical composition in the form of sheet music
  • A sound recording
  • A painting
  • A plan for a building


  • Computer software application
  • Software code for a programming tool or software application
  • Software code for a website
  • Software code that manages a database


  • A database
  • Text of a marketing plan or business plan
  • Numbers and calculations in a financial forecast
  • Architectural plans
  • Annual reports
  • A manual for the operation of equipment
  • Technical specifications for a device
  • Business proposals
  • Letters and emails sent by a business