Rights of a Copyright Holder

Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

  • reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords; prepare derivative works based upon the work;
  • distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  • perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audio¬≠visual works;
  • display the work publicly such as literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other¬† audio visual work; and
  • perform the work publicly (e.g., sound recordings) by means of a digital audio transmission.

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