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807.5 Copyrightable Authorship in Audiovisual Works

807.5 Copyrightable Authorship in Audiovisual Works


An audiovisual work must contain a sufficient amount of original and creative human authorship to be copyrightable. The visual material, the aural material, and the flow of the work as a whole will be evaluated in determining whether the work can be registered. See Atari Games Corp. v. Oman, 979 F.2d 242, 245 (D.C. Cir. 1992) (Ginsburg, J.) (stating that the Office should focus on “the flow of the game as a whole … ‘the entire effect of the game as it appears and sounds’ … [and] the sequential aspect of the work”) (citations omitted).

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