Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship" including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. The Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to reproduce the copyrighted work. Visual works such as web pages and their elemental textual and graphic material are protectable under the Copyright Act. Important original works should be protected by registering copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office.