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This lesson addresses the protection afforded to compilations (including collective works) under United States copyright law. It deals with the issues of what constitutes sufficient originality (including special focus on factual compilations) and the extent and ownership of the resulting copyright (in particular, as regards collective works). It assumes a general understanding of the originality requirement and basic copyright infringement analysis. The lesson can be used either as supplemental, more detailed coverage when class time permits only passing treatment of the topic or as a followup to in-class discussion to confirm and reinforce understanding.

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