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Legal meaning

A compilation is a work formed by the collection and assembling of preexisting materials or of data that are selected, coordinated, or arranged in such a way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work of authorship. The term "compilation" includes collective works.[1]

Computer-related meaning

Compilation is the process of translating source code written in a high-level programming language into executable machine code. The program which performs this process is called a compiler.


  1. The Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101.