Copyright works are well-defined in the Copyright Ordinance, works do not fall into the definition are not qualified for protection. In some cases, a title is registrable as a trade mark thereby giving protection under the Trade Mark Ordinance. The following are not protected by copyright:
1. Unfixed works e.g. speeches. But it should be noted that live performance enjoys protection under the head of Performer's Rights although these are not copyrights in nature.
2. Titles (e.g. news headlines), names (Alan Tam), short phrases and slogans (Life is Full of Surprises)
3. familiar designs or symbols e.g. figure point symbol, cross-bone
4. Ideas (e.g. fruits are good for health), methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries or devices.