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

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806.4 (A) Copyrightable Subject Matter

806.4 (A) Copyrightable Subject Matter

When evaluating a claim to copyright in a pantomime, the registration specialist will use objective criteria to determine whether the work constitutes copyrightable subject matter. In making this determination, the specialist will focus on the intrinsic nature of the work, rather than the specific performance that is reflected in the deposit copy(ies). The primary criteria that the specialist will consider are set forth in Section 806.2. These elements are found in most pantomimes, although the presence or absence of a particular element may not be determinative.

Examples of movements, gestures, and facial expressions that do not satisfy this requirement are discussed in Section 806.5 (B).

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