Are Crossword Puzzles Copyrightable?

Crossword puzzles? Been with us for over 100 years, published daily on many magazines each one with a distinctive style and theme.Many grid versions exist as well.

But have you ever wondered if you can copyright a crossword puzzle that you created?

According to most Lawyers YES they can. As they are no different than any other intellectual property.

A crossword puzzle is an intellectual property just like a poem, a lyric or painting because it requires someone to create it in a very specific way. As soon as the crossword is put into print or physical form the copyright law protects it. This copyright law even clarifies that other puzzles must be distinctly