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804.2 (B) Dramatic Works Distinguished from Other Works of the Performing Arts

804.2 (B) Dramatic Works Distinguished from Other Works of the Performing Arts


Dramatic works with accompanying music are distinguished from nondramatic musical works that do not convey a story. Operas and musicals are examples of dramatic works with accompanying music that tell a story. A symphony is an example of a nondramatic musical work that does not tell a story.


Although motion pictures, choreographic works, and pantomimes may contain dramatic elements and may qualify as dramatic works, these types of works are considered separate categories of copyrightable authorship, and as such they do not have to fall within the category of dramatic works in order to be registered. For more information on the statutory categories for works of authorship, see Chapter 300, Section 307.

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