Copyright Act of 1976
Material becomes copyrighted as soon as it is created, whether or not it is
registered with the federal governent or another body, and it guarantees the
owner of a copyrighted work certain rights to control how that work is used,
whether the work is text, a song, software, or other intellectual property. Those
rights include the right to copy the material, prepare derivative works based on the
material, distribute public copies of the work, perform the work publicly, and display
the work publicly.