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807.1 What Is an Audiovisual Work?

807.1 What Is an Audiovisual Work?


The Copyright Act defines audiovisual works as “works that consist of a series of related images which are intrinsically intended to be shown by the use of machines or devices such as projectors, viewers, or electronic equipment, together with accompanying sounds, if any, regardless of the nature of the material objects, such as films or tapes, in which the works are embodied.” 17 U.S.C. § 101.


Types of audiovisual works include:


• Motion pictures.


• Arcade games and videogames.


• Karaoke displays.


• Applications designed for mobile phones and tablets.


• Banner advertisements.


• Webinars.


• Slide presentations.


• Multimedia kits that have an audiovisual component.


• Virtual reality environments.