Copyright Office Issues Statement of Policy on Registration of Compilations and Clarifies Policy on Registration of Choreographic Works
Issue No. 461 - June 26, 2012

The Copyright Office is issuing a statement of policy to clarify its practices relating to the examination of claims in compilations, particularly in claims of copyrightable authorship in the selection and arrangement of exercises or other uncopyrightable matter. Unless a compilation of materials results in a work of authorship that falls within one or more of the eight categories of authorship listed in section 102(a) of title 17, the Office will refuse registration to such a claim. The statement also clarifies the Office’s policies with respect to registration of choreographic works. For further information, see