The five copyright protections are:
Copyright law protects music, movies, performances, novels, poems, art, designs, sculptures, photos, emails, academic journal articles, course books, newspaper articles, documentaries, and anything of a creative expression fixed in a medium.
Copyright law protects an author’s creative work by making it illegal for someone else to copy or use the work without permission. An author has certain rights to his or her own work (right to copy, publicly display, publicly perform, make derivative works, and publicly disseminate) for a period of time. During this time, no one else may exercise those rights without permission (copyright infringement).
In addition, there are copyrights within copyrights. For example, Jim makes a movie for a class. The performance and the script are protected by copyright law.
Administrative policy — Copyright Law (PDF, 18 KB)