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804.3 (B) Characters

804.3 (B) Characters


A character is a person, animal, or even an inanimate object that is used to portray the content of a dramatic work. The copyright law does not protect the name or the general idea for a character. See, e.g., Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd., 755 F.3d 496, 502-03 (7th Cir. 2014). However, the Office may issue a registration based on the authorship describing, depicting, or embodying a character.

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