Compilation Law and Legal Definition

Under Copyright law, compilation refers to a collection of literary works formed by collecting and assembling preexisting materials or data that are selected, coordinated, or arranged in such a way that the resulting product constitutes an original work of authorship. The term "compilation" includes collective works. 17 USCS § 101 [Title 17. Copyrights; Chapter 1. Subject matter and scope of copyright] An author who creates a compilation owns the copyright of the compilation but not of the component parts.

Compiled statutes refer to a collection of statutes, updated and arranged to facilitate their use.