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804.7 (C) Translations

804.7 (C) Translations


A translation of a play or other dramatic work from one language to another is a type of derivative authorship. The U.S. Copyright Office categorizes a translation of a dramatic work as a dramatic work, because the work remains dramatic in nature, even if the new material is nondramatic.


For guidance in completing an application to register a translation of a dramatic work, see Section 804.9 (D) (2).

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