derivative work

n.LawA work that is the result of adapting, arranging, translating or transforming an existing intellectual work protected by copyright.


Examples of derivative works include extracts, anthologies, abridgments, adaptations, translations, revisions, compilations, and arrangements of a musical work. 'Derivative work' is defined in copyright law (17 USC 101, below).


U.S. Code, 17 USC 101 A work based upon one or more preexisting works, such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art reproduction, abridgment, condensation, or any other form in which a work may be recast, transformed, or adapted. A work consisting of editorial revisions, annotations, elaborations, or other modifications which, as a whole, represent an original work of authorship, is a 'derivative work'.