5. Copyright Basics: Who owns it?
So, now that you know what is covered by copyright, what exactly are the rights granted to an author by copyright? There are exclusive rights granted to the creator of a copyrighted work. We call these the Author’s Bundle of Rights. They are:
|Right to Reproduce||making physical and digital copies|
|Right to Prepare Derivative Works||foreign language translations, movie adaptation of a book, etc.|
|Right to Distribute||sharing over P2P networks or posting online, as well as distributing physical copies|
|Right to Display Publicly||displaying in a gallery, putting posters on a noticeboard, broadcasting on TV, etc.|
|Right to Perform Publicly- for literary, musical, dramatic and other audiovisual works||performing a play, showing a movie, reading aloud from a book, etc.|
|Right to Perform Publicly for sound recordings, to perform by means of digital audio transmission||playing recorded music in clubs, restaurants, stores, on the radio, etc.|
This means the copyright holder has the permission to do these things or to grant others to do these things. If you are not the copyright holder and want to do any of the preceding, you must get permission to do so from the holder of the copyright.
Which author rights are involved? Take the Right Rights quiz.