Chapter 3

The Copyright Rights: The Coin of Copyright


What precisely do we mean by copyright? The copyright law sets down six exclusive rights of owners:

  1. The right to reproduce the work.
  2. The right to prepare derivative works based on the original.
  3. The right to distribute copies to the public.
  4. The right to perform the work publicly.
  5. The right to display the work publicly.
  6. The right to copy, publicly distribute, and prepare derivative works that are digital audio sound recordings.

To copyright purists, these rights are expansive and embrace every conceivable way in which a work can be copied. Therefore, as technology revolutionized modern communications, copyright kept pace. Whether on radio and television, photocopy or fax machines, the Internet ...

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