Copyrights are used to protect both published and unpublished original works of authorship. The most common examples of copyrighted material include things such as books, movies, music, software, and architecture.

If you've created an original work of your own, find out how to protect it from being copied by others trying to pass your work off as their own. Here you can find Avvo Legal Guides on the basics of copyright, copyright registration, and copyright infringement.