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808.10 (I) (4) Publication of Underlying Works

 

808.10 (I) (4) Publication of Underlying Works

 

The publication of a motion picture constitutes publication of all the underlying works used in the motion picture. Thus, a screenplay, musical score, or other underlying work are published to the extent that they are embodied in a published motion picture.

 

Maljack Productions Inc. v. UAV Corp., 964 F. Supp. 1416, 1421 (C.D. Cal. 1997) (stating that the publication of a film publishes all underlying works embodied in a film, including the screenplay).