Collective Work Law and Legal Definition

Collective work refers to a publication such as a periodical issue, anthology, or encyclopedia in which several contributions, constituting separate and independent works in themselves, are assembled into a collective copyrightable whole. It can also be a selection and arrangement of brief portions of different movies, television shows, or radio shows into a single copyrightable work. If the selecting and arranging involves any originality, the person who selects and arranges the clips may claim a copyright even if copyright cannot be claimed in the individual component parts.