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806.5 (A) De Minimis Movements

806.5 (A) De Minimis Movements


As discussed in Section 806.1, pantomime is the art of imitating, presenting, or acting out situations, characters, or events through the use of movements, gestures, and facial expressions. Individual movements, gestures, or expressions by themselves are not copyrightable. Likewise, the U.S. Copyright Office cannot register a pantomime consisting of a few stock gestures, movements, or facial expressions with minor linear or


spatial variations, such as pretending to be stuck inside an invisible box or using stiff arms and legs to suggest the movement of a mechanical doll. Cf. 37 C.F.R. § 202.1 (A).

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