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Acollective 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.[1]


"Where the owner of a copyright for a collective work also owns the copyright for a constituent part of that work, registration of the collective work is sufficient to permit an infringement action under 17 U.S.C. §411(a)."[2]

"A collective work is a form of compilation."[3]


  1. 17 U.S.C. §101.
  2. Morris v. Business Concepts, Inc., 259 F.3d 65, 68 (2d Cir. 2001) (full-text); see also 37 C.F.R. 202.3(b)(3)(2001) ("the following shall be considered a single work: . . . all copyrightable elements that are otherwise recognizable as self-contained works, that are included in a single unit of publication and in which the copyright claimant is the same.")
  3. Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, Glossary, at 3.