Compendium of U.S. Copyright Practices, 3rd Edition

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803.5 (C) Human Authorship

803.5 (C) Human Authorship

To be registrable, a sound recording must result from human authorship through performance and/or production. A sound recording will not be registered where there is no human authorship, such as a recording that results from a purely mechanical or automated process. The registration of a sound recording that involves no human performance, such as a recording of nature sounds, is only possible if there is sufficient human production authorship present.

For more information on mechanical processes see Chapter 300, Section 306.

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