fixed in a tangible medium of expression


fixed in a tangible medium of expression
A requirement for copyright protection. A work must be recorded in some physical medium, whether on paper, canvas, disk, or computer hard drive. This means that spontaneous speech or musicianship that is not recorded, (a jazz solo at a live performance, for instance) is not protected by copyright.
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