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802.6 Derivative Musical Works

802.6 Derivative Musical Works


A derivative musical work is one that is based on one or more preexisting, copyrightable work(s) of any nature. The new music authorship may be registered if it represents sufficient new original authorship. The applicant should identify any preexisting work or works that the derivative work is based on or incorporates, and should provide a brief general statement identifying the additional material covered by the copyright claim being registered. Descriptions of new material might include:


• New or revised lyrics.


• New or revised arrangements.


Issues related to derivative musical work authorship are set forth in Sections 802.6 (A) through 802.6(J) below. For general information on derivative works, see Section 801.8 and Chapter 500, Section 507.