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

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807.5 (A) Independent Creation

807.5 (A) Independent Creation

An audiovisual work must originate from the author of that work to be protected by copyright. An audiovisual work that is merely copied from another source is not copyrightable.


• At graduation, a student presents a slide show containing her school picture from each year, starting with kindergarten and ending with the senior year photograph. None of the authorship is original to the applicant. Registration would be refused because all of the content is owned by a third party and there is de minimis originality in compiling all school photos in chronological order.

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