U.S. copyright laws protect "original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device."
There are three main elements of this definition: (1) the work must be "original", (2) the work must be "fixed", and (3) the work must be an "expression", rather than an idea.
(1) "Original works of authorship"
(2) "Fixed medium"
E-mail, Web sites, listserv postings, etc. are copyrighted unless explicitly in the public domain.
A summary of the penalties for violating Federal Copyright Law can be found in the following resources:
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