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1908.2 Displaying a Work of Authorship

1908.2 Displaying a Work of Authorship


Section 101 of the Copyright Act states that displaying a work of authorship means “to show a copy of [the work], either directly or by means of a film, slide, television image, or any other device or process or, in the case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to show individual images nonsequentially.” 17 U.S.C. § 101. For example, displaying a painting in a gallery, posting a photograph on a billboard, placing an advertisement in a store front, or projecting a drawing onto a screen or other surface falls within the scope of this definition. See H.R. REP. NO. 94-1476, at 64 (1976), reprinted in 1976 U.S.C.C.A.N. at 5677.