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Literary Works
One of the broad categories of material protected under the copyright laws. Literary works are expressed in words, numbers, or other verbal or numerical symbols or indicia. Under this broad definition, software -- because it is expressed in programming code in numbers and letters -- is considered a copyrightable literary work.