Copyrights do exactly what they sound like: protect against copying creative works such as a story, article, photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and computer program. The key is the creative work must be put in a physical medium. So, for example, a song or a speech must be written or recorded to be protected by copyright law. Anytime you turn a creative work into a physical medium, it is automatically copyrighted under current law. However, a copyright must be federally registered to enforce the copyright in court. Furthermore, there are legal incentives to federally register a copyright before or shortly after the copyrighted material is published.