In a Word document, respond to the following questions in essay format.
Claudette Nouvelle has created a completely new and original pantomime act. She just created it by performing it one day. She has never written anything down. She is looking to get an agent, but in the meantime has been performing this new work on the streets of New York to rave reviews from the passersby. Martine Marceau, granddaughter of the famous Marcel Marceau, witnessed the performance on two occasions and has decided to perform the pantomime in her new act. She is performing in an off-Broadway theater and has filmed her performance of this pantomime and has called it “The Streets of New York,” by Martine Marceau. Name and explain the three (3) basic requirements for copyrightability and determine if Claudette has a copyright in this pantomime? Determine if Martine has a copyright in this pantomime? Last, what values do you believe are being promoted by copyright protection laws?
Copyright Protection Laws for Pantomime Acts
In the same way that home owners are granted full possession with no reservation of their properties, the copyright law provides an author the full control of how their work is reproduces, displayed or performed. Its main goal is to give “financial and moral encouragement to authors to invest time and effort in creating new works” (Catron, 2016). In order for a work to be copyrighted, it must have at least two components: it must be a creative work, it has to be “fixed in a tangible medium of expression” (U.S. Copyright Office, 2016).