Definition Edit

U.S. copyright law Edit

Motion pictures are

audiovisual works consisting of a series of related images which, when shown in succession, impart an impression of motion, together with accompanying sounds, if any.[1]

Overview Edit

"The definition of 'motion pictures' does not include the following:

The House Report notes that the key to the subcategory "motion pictures" is the conveyance of the impression of motion, and that such an impression is not required to qualify as an audiovisual work.[3]


  1. 17 U.S.C. §101.
  2. Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, Glossary, at 11-12.
  3. See H.R. Rep. 94-1476, at 56, reprinted in 1976 U.S.C.C.A.N. 5669.
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