Copyright protects:
• literary works
• artistic works
• musical works
• dramatic works
• films
• sound recordings
• broadcasts
• digital materials

Copyright does not protect:

• ideas
• names
• people’s images

You do not need to publish your work, put a copyright notice on it or register your work anywhere.

Copyright protection is free and automatic.

A copyright notice is simply a reminder:

© Your Name, Year of Publication

Copyright lasts for a period of time – once it expires the item enters the public domain.

Generally, copyright lasts for 70 years after the death of the author or the year of publication if no author (e.g. the year a movie is shown).

Copyright has always been inextricably linked to technology; for a comprehensive history of copyright, look at:
The History of Copyright