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805.2 (F) Execution by Skilled Performers

805.2 (F) Execution by Skilled Performers


Choreographic works are typically performed by skilled dancers. See COPYRIGHT OFFICE STUDY NO. 28, at 100. As discussed in Section 805.5 (B), this is one of the distinctions between choreography (which is eligible for copyright protection) and social dances (which do not constitute copyrightable subject matter). As a general rule, social dances are not created for professional dancers; they are intended to be performed by the general public. While ballroom dances, line dances, and similar movements generally can be performed by members of the public, choreographic works typically cannot.

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