The main common thread that runs through all works that are copyrightable is that they should be original and expressed in a tangible form of expression for them to qualify for copyright protection. Some examples of works protected by copyright are:
Any work that is expressed in words, numbers or any other verbal and numerical symbols, but isn’t an audiovisual work, is considered a literary work. That includes such things as manuscripts, books, phonorecords, cards, disks, film, and tapes are among some of the written materials that are considered protected under copyright law.
On a much narrower level, such things as novels, short stories, letters, movie scripts, cooking recipes, email messages, mathematical proofs, and computer programs also qualify as original works of creative expression and are protected under copyright law.
Musical Works and Accompanying Words
Copyright laws cover music just as much as they cover other kinds of work. This generally includes the words that go with the music, and any other pre-existing components of the music, such as an old tune or poem.
Dramatic works, whether published or unpublished, are also protected under copyright law. These include such as things as plays, scripts for cinema, television, and radio, pantomimes, and works of choreography. There are many elements to a dramatic work, such as the directions for actions, the spoken text, and the plot. All of these will play a role in determining whether the work qualifies for copyright protection.
The category of motion pictures and audio-visual works is all about series of images that you intend to portray alongside music or some other kind of audio effect. Films and movies come under the category of motion pictures.
Other Copyrightable Works
As mentioned before, there are lots of other works that qualify for protection under copyright law. These include two dimensional and three dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art, photographs, and prints.
You could also copyright globes, maps, charts, and works of architectural expression, including drawings, technical plans, and models.