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What Exclusive Rights are Copyright Owners are Entitled to?
Copyright owners are entitled to six exclusive rights:
- Reproduction Right - Copyright owners have the right to exclude all others from reproducing their works in the form of copies. Although the right is basic and seems obvious, the statute should be referred to for the exact definition of a copy.
- Derivative Work Right - Copyright owners have the right to exclude all others from creating works based on their work. This prevents others from varying elements of the original work or changing the form of presentation and stating that it is not actually a copy.
- Distribution Right- Authors are limited to distributions considered the first sale of the work.
- Performance Right - Copyright owners have the right to exclude all others from publicly performing their work. This right applies only to literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic, pantomime, motion picture, and other audiovisual works.
- Display Right - Copyright owners have the right to display copies of their work. Additionally, the copyright owners may also display a copy of their work in a way that would make it available in either multiple images or to persons outside the physical location of the copy.
- Digital Transmission Performance Right - Sound recording copyright owners have full performance rights and have the opportunity to negotiate over, and profit from, the fees paid for such performances.
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Last Modified: 12-21-2011 04:37 PM PST
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