Under federal copyright law, an author's expression is protected but his ideas and discoveries are not. Professor Shipley explores the possibility of expanding copyright to protect the research of nonfiction authors, but concludes that such an expansion would undermine federal copyright policy. State-law remedies exist that will provide such protection if they are not preempted by federal law. Professor Shipley concludes that most contract claims and some misappropriation claims will survive preemption and therefore are a means by which nonfiction authors can protect their research.
David E. Shipley and Jeffrey S. Hays,
Protecting Research: Copyright, Common-Law Alternatives, and Federal Preemption
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/fac_artchop/278