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Copyrights offer authors protection for their original works of authorship including writings, musical, dramatic, works of art that have been tangibly express and certain other intellectual works, whether unpublished or published. Copyrights are registered with the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress for the life of the author plus 70 years.

Examples of famous copyrighted work include the Gone with the Wind (film and book), video games, and recordings by certain artists (Back Street Boys). The only one that can profit from or reproduce or transfer rights of copyrighted work is the copyright holder.