What are the Rights of the Copyright Owner?

By Trademark Bazaar - 9th November 2017

What are the Rights of the Copyright Owner?

Along with exclusive usage rights copyright also provides many other rights like selling the copyright, displaying the copyright distribution of copyright etc to the holder.

Copyright can be obtained in respect of literary, dramatic, artistic and musical works. Copyright protects the original work of the author from infringement and provides him several other rights. However, there are certain limitations associated with each right that comes with copyright.

A copyright holder has the following rights-

1. Right to reproduce the copyrighted work- This is one of the most crucial benefits that come with copyright. No person other than the holder of the copyright is empowered to generate copies of the work in respect of which copyright has been obtained. For example scanning of the work, photocopy of the work can be done by the author of the work only.

2. Right to make adaptations or new copies- Adaptions of copyrighted work cannot be made unless the holder of the copyright permits the same.  It basically includes the transformation of any work from one form to another. Like making a movie from the novel requires the permission of the author of the novel.

3. Right to distribute- An author of the work is empowered to distribute his work in any way as he deems fit. Further, he can also authorize any person to distribute his work. Also, he can prevent unauthorized distribution of his work.

4. Right to perform the work publicly- The holder of the copyright has the right to perform his work publicly. Also, he can communicate his work to the public through the internet. Further, the holder has all the rights to decide the conditions to access his work.  

5. Right to follow- A special right called Droit de suite or right to follow is granted to the holder of the copyright. This right can be exercised by the authors and the artists to take a percentage of the subsequent sales of their work. 

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