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

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808.7 (B) Creative Expression


808.7 (B) Creative Expression


A motion picture must contain a sufficient amount of creative expression in the form of a series of sequential images that convey motion.




• The applicant submits a video recording of a child’s birthday party. The claim in motion picture will be registered.


• The author cut two seconds from a preexisting film; the applicant submits a claim in editing. Because the authorship is de minimis, the claim will be refused.


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