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Copyright is not a blanket term for intellectual property (IP).  Copyright is not a patent, trademark, or registered design; it is instead limited to protection of ‘artistic works’ – i.e. literary, dramatic or musical works, and works of art or craftsmanship , typically those physical in nature.  In Europe copyright protection is automatic, whilst in the US copyrights are filed in the Library of Congress.  Requirements and eligibility for copyright can vary from country to country and upon the level of protection the filing party requires.