Generally, a dramatic work is one in which a series of events is presented to the audience by characters through dialogue and action as the events happen, such as in a play. The term "dramatic works" is not defined in the 1976 Copyright Act.
- See H. Abrams, The Law of Copyright §204[C][b][iv] (1993).
- See H.R. Rep. No. 1476, 94th Cong., 2d Sess. 55 (1976), at 53, reprinted in 1976 U.S.C.C.A.N. 5666-67.