Copyright Definitions

Audiovisual Works – Works that consist of a series of related images which are intrinsically intended to be shown by the use of machines or devices such as projectors, viewers, or electronic equipment, together with accompanying sounds, if any, regardless  of the nature of the material objects, such as films or tapes, in which the works are embodied.

Best Edition – The edition published in the US at any time before the date of deposit, that the Library of Congress determines to be the most suitable for its purposes.

Copyright Protection is for Works of Authorship – 

Literary Works
Musical Works, including any accompanying words
Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
Pantomimes and choreographic works
Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
Sound recordings
Architectural works

Work made for hire – (a) a work prepared by an employee within the scope of his or her employment, or
(b) a work specially ordered or commissioned for use as a contribution to a collective work, as part of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, as a translation, as a supplementary work, as a compilation, as an instructional text, as a test, as answer material for a test, or as an atlas, if the parties expressly agree in a written instrument signed by them that the work shall be considered a work made for hire. A “supplementary work” is a work prepared for publication as a secondary adjunct to a work by another author for the purpose of introducing, concluding, illustrating, explaining, revising, commenting upon, or assisting in the use of the other work, such as a musical arrangement.

Transmit – To “transmit” a performance or display is to communicate it by any device or process whereby images or sounds are received beyond the place from which they are sent.

Transmission Program – A body of material that, as an aggregate, has been produced for the sole purpose of transmission to the public in sequence and as a unit.

Transfer of Copyright Ownership – An assignment, mortgage, exclusive license, or any other conveyance, alienation, or hypothecation of a copyright or of any of the exclusive rights comprised in a copyright, whether or not it is limited in time or place of effect, but not including a nonexclusive license.

Sound Recordings – Works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sounds accompanying a motion picture or other audiovisual work, regardless of the nature of the material objects such as discs, tapes, or other phonorecords, in which they are embodied.

Registration Means – a registration of a claim in the original or the renewed and extended term of copyright.

Performing Rights Society – An association, corporation, or other entity that licenses the public performance of nondramtaic musical works on behalf of copyright owners of such works, such as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), and SESAC, Inc.

To Perform or Display a work “publicly” means: 2. To transmit or otherwise communicate a performance or display of the work to a place specified by clause (1) or to the public, by means of any device or process, whether the members of the public capable of receiving the performance or display receive it in the same place or in separate places and at the same time or at different times.

1. To perform or display it at a place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of family and its social acquaintances are gathered; or

Publication – The distribution of copies or phonorecords of a work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending.  The offering to distribute copies or phonorecords to a group of persons for purposes of further distribution, public performance, or public display constitutes publication.  A public performance or display of a work does not of itself constitute publication.

Perform – To “perform” a work means to recite, render, play, dance, or act it, either directly or by means of an device or process, or in the case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to show its images in any sequence or to make the sounds accompanying it audible.

Food Service or Drinking Establishment – A restaurant, inn, bar, tavern, or any other similar place of business in which the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drink in which the majority of the gross square feet of space that is nonresidential is used for that purpose and in which nondramatic musical works are performed publicly.

Fixed – A work is “fixed” in a tangible medium of expression when its embodiment in a copy or phonorecord, by or under the authority of the author, is sufficiently permanent or stable to permit it to be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated for a period of more than transitory duration.  A work consisting of sounds, images, or both that are being transmitted is “fixed” for purposes of this title if a fixation of the work is being made simultaneously with its transmission.

Establishment – Store, shop, or any similar place of business open to the general public for the primary purpose of selling goods or services in which the majority of the gross square feet of space that is nonresidential is used for that purpose, and in which nondramatic musical works are performed publicly.

Display – To display a work means to show a copy of it, either directly or by means of a film, slide, television image, or any other device or process or, in the case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to show individual images nonsequentially.

Digital Phonorecord Delivery – Each individual delivery of (the sound embodied in) a phonorecord by digital transmission of a sound recording which results in a specifically identifiable reproduction by or for any transmission recipient of a phonorecord of that sound recording, regardless of whether the digital transmission is also a public performance of the sound recording or any nondramatic musical work embodied therein.   A digital phonorecord delivery does not result from a real-time, nonintegrated subscription transmission of a sound recording where no reproduction of the sound recording or the musical work embodied therein is made from the inception of the transmission through to its receipt by the transmission recipient in order to make the sound recording audible.

Device, Machine or Process – A work based on one or more preexisting works, such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art reproduction, abridgment, condensation, or any other form in which a work may be recast, transformed, or adapted.  A work consisting of editorial revisions, annotations, elaborations, or other modifications that, as a whole represent an original work of authorship is a derivative work.

Created –

A work is “created” when it is fixed in a copy or phonorecord for the first time; where a work is prepared over a period of time, the portion that has been fixed at any particular time constitutes the work as of that time, and where the work has been prepared in different versions, each version constitutes a separate work.

Copyright Owner (proprietor) – 

With respect to any one of the exclusive rights comprised in a copyright, refers to the owner of that particular right.

Audiovisual Works – Works that consist of a series of related images which are intrinsically intended to be shown by the use of machines or devices such as projectors, viewers, or electronic equipment, together with accompanying sounds, if any, regardless  of the nature of the material objects, such as films or tapes, in which the works are embodied.

Best Edition – The edition published in the US at any time before the date of deposit, that the Library of Congress determines to be the most suitable for its purposes.

Collective Work – A work, such as a periodical issue, anthology or encyclopedia, in which a number of contributions, constituting separate and independent works in themselves, are assembled into a collective whole.

Compilation – A work formed by the collection and assembling of preexisting materials or of data that are selected, coordinated, or arranged in such a way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work of authorship.  Includes collective works.

Copies – Material objects, other than phonorecords, in which a work is fixed by any method now known or later developed, and from which the work can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.  The term copies includes the material object, other than a phonorecord, in which the work is first fixed.

Copyright Owner (proprietor) – With respect to any one of the exclusive rights comprised in a copyright, refers to the owner of that particular right.

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