Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In copyright law. A literary work setting forth a story, incident or scene from life, in which, however, the narrative is not related, but is represented by a dialogue and action; may include a descriptive poem set to music or a pantomine, but not a composition for musical instruments alone, nor a mere spectacular exhibition or stage dance. Daly v. Palmer, 6 Fed. Cas. 1132; Carte V. Duff (C. O.) 25 Fed. 183; Tompkins v. Halleck, 133 Mass. 35, 43 Am. Rep. 480; Russell v. Smith, 12 Adol. & El. 236; Martinetti v. McGuire, 16 Fed. Cas. 920; Fuller v. Bemis (C. C.) 50 Fed. 926.