Literary Works Law and Legal Definition

Literary work is a non-audiovisual work which is expressed verbally, numerically, or in other symbols, such as words or musical notation. Literary work is embodied in some type of physical object. Literary works are included in one of the eight general categories that are eligible for copyright protection.

According to 17 USCS § 101 "Literary works" are works, other than audiovisual works, expressed in words, numbers, or other verbal or numerical symbols or indicia, regardless of the nature of the material objects, such as books, periodicals, manuscripts, phonorecords, film, tapes, disks, or cards, in which they are embodied.