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Copyright Law of the United States of America: contained in Title 17 of the United States Code. by United States;Library of Congress. Copyright Office
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A "collective work" is 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.

A "compilation" is 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. The term "compilation" includes
collective works.

A "computer program" is a set of statements or instructions to be
used directly or indirectly in a computer in order to bring about a
certain result.

"Copies" are 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," with respect to any one of the exclusive rights
comprised in a copyright, refers to the owner of that particular

A work is "created" when it is fixed in a copy or phonorecord for
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