What is a Copyright?

Copyright is a form of legal protection provided for original works of authorship by the U.S. Copyright Office once the work is transformed into a tangible form. Only the original author of the work claims the right to ownership, unless the rights of work were transferred through an agreement with the author. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.