This lesson discusses the requirement that a work be "fixed in a tangible medium of expression" as a condition to obtaining copyright protection. Although it assumes a basic familiarity with copyright law and terminology, it is designed to stand alone. It can, therefore, be used either as an introduction to the fixation requirement or as a review of those concepts after a class discussion.
NOTE: This lesson is intended as an overview of this topic; it does not cover all the details related to live performances or the recently decided cases declaring unconstitutional sec. 1101.
On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Define the fixation requirement.
2. Explain the importance of fixation and its requirements.
3. Define "copies" under the Copyright Act.
4. Determine whether something is a "material object" under the Copyright Act.
5. Explain what a "phonorecord" is.
6. List the rules defining sufficient "fixation in a tangible medium of expression" to trigger copyright protection under the Copyright Act.