What Qualifies Something as a Derivative Work?

This is a new work derived from one or more pre-existing works.

For derivative works, the original copyright holders may have a claim in the new version even if they are not the creators of the derivative work. A copyright owner reserves the right to authorize a "derivative work" based upon one or more pre-existing works, such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, a remix, art reproduction, abridgment, condensation, or any other form in which a work may be recast, transformed, or adapted.

For more information about derivative works, please visit this page from www.copyright.gov.

Also, please check out our Copyright 101 post on our Songtrust blog!