16 New Eng. L. Rev. 227 (1980-1981)
Choreography, Pantomime and the Copyright Revision Act of 1976

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Revision Act of 1976
Martha M. Traylor*
The constitutional mandate of protection for the arts was first
made expressly applicable to choreography and pantomime in the
Copyright Revision Act of 1976. However, Congress failed to make
any special provisions for these art forms. The author discusses the
problems attending the copyright of choreography and pantomime,
suggesting several ways in which to secure adequate protection.
The General Revision of Copyright Law,' which became effective
January 1, 1978, for the first time extended copyright protection to the
art forms of choreography and pantomime.2 The addition of these
forms of artistry to the ambit of copyright law is part of a worldwide
trend towards recognizing and protecting a variety of artistic works and
giving artists a means of protecting their intellectual property.3 How-
ever, while legislative intent to expand the scope of copyright protection
is clear (the words are specifically mentioned in the new Act's list of ar-
* Associate Professor, Seton Hall University Law School; B.S., M.A., Purdue University;
J.D., Ph.D. abd, Indiana University. I wish to express my appreciation to my research assistants,
Ms. Meg Garrity and Mrs. Debbie Herera for their very valuable help.
1. Copyright Revision Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. §§ 101-810 (Supp. II1 1979).
2. 17 U.S.C. § 102(a)(4) (Supp. Ii 1979). See generally COPYRIGHT SOCIETY OF THE UNITED
STATES, STUDIES ON COPYRIGHT, Study 28 (1959); A. LATMAN, THE COPYRIGHT LAW: HOWELL'S
COPYRIGHT LAW REVISED AND THE 1976 ACT 53 (5th ed. 1979); M. NIMMER, NIMMER ON COPY-
RIGHT 1011 (1979); Goldstein, Questions and Answers About the Performance of Music Under the
New Copyright Law, 1977 J. KAN. B.A. 239; Mirell, Legal Protection for Choreography, 27
N.Y.U. L. REV. 792 (1952); Ordway, Choreography and Copyright, ASCAP COPYRIGHT L. SYMP.
172 (1965); Ringer, First Thoughts on the Copyright Act of 1976, 22 N.Y.L. SCH. L. REV. 477
(1977); Ringer, The Unfinished Business of Copyright Revision, 24 UCLA L. REV. 951 (1977);
Roth. Common Law Protection of Choreographic Works, 5 PERFORMING ARTS REV. 75 (1974);
Note, Performers' Rights Under the General Revision of Copyright Law, 28 CASE W. RES. L.
REV. 766 (1978); Comment, Moving to a New Beat: Copyright Protection for Choreographic
Works, 24 UCLA L. REV. 1287 (1977).
3. See generally Abelman & Berkowitz, International Copyright Law, 22 N.Y.L. SCH. L.
REV. 619 (1977).

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