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De minimis is

[A] legal term that is based on the Latin phrase 'de minimis non curat lex,' which means 'the law does not take notice of very small or trifling matters.'[1]

U.S. copyright law Edit

"Creative authorship is deemed 'de minimis' when a work does not contain the minimal degree of original, creative expression required to satisfy the test for originality in copyright."[2]


  1. Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition, Glossary, at 5.
  2. Id.

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