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​Catholic social justice requires that a laborer is entitled to the fruits of his or her labors and should be adequately compensated and recognized for this work. This concept applies to the legal protections given to all original created works "fixed in any tangible medium of expression," including the airwaves or the Internet  (17 U.S.C. § 101–122). These works include:

  • Literary works

  • Musical works, including any accompanying words

  • Dramatic works, including any accompanying music

  • Pantomimes and choreographic works

  • Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural work

  • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works

  • Sound recordings

  • Architectural works

  • Computer software

All these works may be reproduced only with their creator's permission. 

A limited fair use​​ exception exists for general users and a more generous exception applies to teachers and classroom use​.

For a detailed description of the "fair use" exception, see the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Copyright and Video Screening Policy and Music Copyright and Guides to Licensing.​