Economic Rights

Economic Rights

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Economic rights give you the opportunity to make commercial gain from the exploitation of your works. This would usually be by licensing others to use the work, or by selling the rights.

The author of a copyright work has the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit the following acts:

Reproduction
This covers copying a work in any way. For example, photocopying, reproducing a printed page by handwriting, typing or scanning into a computer, or taping recorded music.

Distribution
This covers issuing copies of a work to the public. This would include, for example, a book being sold in a bookshop.
This right only applies the first time a copy of a work enters into commercial circulation and so would not prevent the re-sale of that copy, for example by a second hand shop.

Rental and lending
This covers renting or lending copies of a work to the public. For example, renting from a video store or loaning a CD from a library.

Public performance
This covers performing, showing or playing a work in public. This would include performing a play in a theatre, and playing sound recordings or showing films in public. This right does not extend to the exhibition of literary, dramatic, artistic or musical works (for example, in a museum or gallery).

Communication to the public
This covers communication of a work to the public by electronic transmission. This would include broadcasting a work or putting it on the internet.

Adaptation
This covers the making of an adaptation of a work. This would include making a film out of a novel, transcribing a musical work, translating a work into a different language or converting a computer program into a different computer language or code.

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