Answered By: Rob Lopresti
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016     Views: 48

The copyright owner has the exclusive right to:

  • make copies
  • prepare derivative works
  • publicly distribute, display and perform the work
  • to perform a digital sound recording over a digital network.

There are limits on these, including certain rights of people who own a copy, and what is called fair use.  These rights can also be transferred by contract (you can "sign your rights away" to a publisher, for instance).

For more information, see the University of Texas' webpage Your rights as copyright owner.

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