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This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
Copyright law grants the owner of a copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
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Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs
Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, or devices
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