In the beginnings, copyright law was intended to cover only books. In the 19th century the law was expanded to include maps, charts, engravings, prints, musical compositions, dramatic works, photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures. Motion pictures, computer programs, sound recordings, dance and architectural works became protected by copyright in the 20th century.
Copyright protection fall under title 17, U.S. Code and covers "original works of authorship."
So what makes a work original?
Copyright owners have the exclusive right to: