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Definition: Compilation


Full Definition of Compilation

For copyright purposes, a work formed by selecting and assembling preexisting materials (generally facts or data unprotected by copyright) in a unique way to form an original work of authorship. A database is a good example of a compilation. A compilation must have some creative aspects — such as the way it is organized and the materials selected for inclusion — to qualify for copyright protection. For example, a list of favorite Web sites including the word “gelatin,” arranged by category, would be rather creative, while a phone directory would not.

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Page URL
Modern Language Association (MLA):
Compilation. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd.
January 27, 2022
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Compilation. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: January 27, 2022).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Compilation. Retrieved January 27, 2022
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Compilation are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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