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Copyright covers the fixation of an idea -- it must be expressed in a solid, tangible form of written word, drawing, photograph, recording -- it cannot just be an idea.(Stim, 2010). However, once that idea is fixed, in a tangible form, the author has copyright protection, even without applying for a copyright. Since 1989, all original works expressed in a tangible medium become instantly copyrighted (17 U.S.C. § 101, 2008). However, it is not always that straight forward.