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

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806.3 (C) Improvisation

806.3 (C) Improvisation

The U.S. Copyright Office may register a pantomime, even if the author left some room for improvisation or if some improvisation is intended in the performance of the work. However, it is not possible to copyright an improvised pantomime if the improvisation has not been fixed in a tangible medium of expression. 17 U.S.C. § 102 (A). For example, the Office will refuse to register a work that simply directs the performer to improvise a pantomime based on a particular theme or otherwise does not illustrate, depict or

describe the performer’s specific movements.

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