Definition[edit | edit source]

U.S. copyright law[edit | edit source]

A joint work is a work prepared by two or more authors with the intention that their contributions be merged into inseparable or interdependent parts of a unitary whole.[1]

Overview[edit | edit source]

"The authors of a joint work are co-owners of copyright in the work,"[2] and each owner owes a duty of accounting to the other.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 17 U.S.C. §101.
  2. 17 U.S.C. §201(a).
  3. See Goodman v. Lee, 78 F.3d 1007, 1012 (5th Cir. 1996) (full-text).
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