fixed in a tangible medium of expression
- A prerequisite for copyright law where a creative work is recorded or inscribed on a physical object or medium, such as paper, canvas, or a digital file, providing requisite permanence for the protection
- The song, once recorded and hence fixed in a tangible medium of expression, could then be copyrighted.
- As soon as the artist painted the mural on the wall, it became fixed in a tangible medium of expression and subject to copyright law.
- Certain impressions, like an unrehearsed speech or a live music performance, unless recorded, would fail to meet the 'fixed in a tangible medium of expression' requirement for copyright.