One of the main branches of intellectual property. It applies to “every production in the literary, scientific and artistic domain, whatever may be the mode or form of its expression. The expression “literary and artistic works” is to be understood, for the purposes of copyright protection, as including every original work of authorship, irrespective of its literary or artistic merit. Literary and artistic works include books, pamphlets and other writings, music, plays, choreography, photography, films, paintings, drawings, architecture, engraving, lithography.

Source definition

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, 1979 and; WIPO, Guide on Surveying the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-based Industries, 2003.