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

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807.2 (C) Audiovisual Works Distinguished from Visual Art Works

807.2 (C) Audiovisual Works Distinguished from Visual Art Works

Audiovisual works often include visual art works, namely pictorial and graphic images. Audiovisual works are distinguished from visual art works in that the images in an audiovisual work (I) must be in a series, (ii) must be related, and (iii) must be intended to be shown by the use of a machine or device. Visual art works have no such requirements. See 17 U.S.C. § 101 (definition of “audiovisual works”).

For information regarding the copyrightability and registrability of pictorial and graphic works, see Chapter 900.

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