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2122.2 Dramatic Works

2122.2 Dramatic Works


This class of works was registered for the original term under class D, as both published and unpublished works and, since 1978, in class PA. For renewal registration purposes, these works are generally considered to be unitary works; therefore a renewal claim should generally name all of the authors who contributed to the work as a whole.


Exception: In certain cases (specifically with regard to cantatas that were registered for the original term as published musical works), when the applicant asserts that the renewal copyright in a song or musical work within a dramatic work vested separately in different parties, the U.S. Copyright Office may register separate renewal claims.