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2122.6 (C) Component Element(s) of a Motion Picture

 

2122.6 (C) Component Element(s) of a Motion Picture

 

The U.S. Copyright Office considers a motion picture to be a unitary work in which the component parts are integral to the work as a whole. The Office generally will not register a separate renewal claim in a component element of a motion picture.

 

By regulation effective on May 12, 1975, renewal registration for a component element of a motion picture soundtrack (e.g., music, songs, screenplay, script) is possible only when:

 

• A separate registration for the original term was made for that element, or

 

• The motion picture bore a separate copyright notice for the component element.

 

See 37 C.F.R. § 202.15 (1975); Motion Picture Soundtracks, 40 Fed. Reg. 12,500, 12,501 (Mar. 19, 1975).

 

NOTE: This regulation applies only to motion pictures first published, or registered as unpublished works, before 1978.

 

Likewise, renewal registration is possible for a visual work or element (such as a painting or photograph) contained in a motion picture only when the work or element was registered separately for the original term, or the motion picture bore a separate copyright notice for the work.

 

NOTE: A renewal claim in a component element of a motion picture cannot be based on the original registration record for the motion picture.