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

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803.7 Compilations of Preexisting Sound Recordings

803.7 Compilations of Preexisting Sound Recordings 803.7 (A) Registrable Compilations

A compilation of sound recordings is a work consisting of preexisting sound recordings that are selected, coordinated, and/or arranged in such a way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work of authorship. A compilation of sound recordings may be copyrightable if there is sufficient creativity in the selection, coordination and/or arrangement of the preexisting recordings.


• The Chimpanzees, Greatest Hits (compilation of fifteen tracks from multiple albums).

• Best of 20th Century Jazz (compilation of thirty-three tracks from multiple albums).

• Dance Hits of 2012 (selection and arrangement of twenty-five tracks from multiple sources).

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