The United States federal government establishes and oversees the copyright laws for all the states, including Florida. There are certain items that can be copyrighted and others that cannot. There are also a number of steps that must be taken to put a copyright in place and specified uses of copyrighted materials that do not necessarily infringe the copyright.
Items that can be copyrighted include literary, artistic, musical and other intellectual works. However, the rights of ownership extended to the creator are not unlimited. A portion of the 1976 Copyright Act places boundaries on the privileges provided to the copyright holder. In other cases, there are exemptions to copyright liability. One major clause in the law addresses what is termed and defined as fair use.