If I copyright my artwork and it has an original saying within the art piece, is the saying itself copyrighted?

Asked on October 18, 2014 under Business Law, District of Columbia

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, an original statement or phrase is itself copyrightable, regardless of whether it is embedded within artwork or otherwise; furthermore, the copyright on the artwork includes the right to control or forbid the making of "derivative works," including taking pieces of the work--like a saying from the work--and using those pieces.


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