The owner of a Copyright really owns a “bundle” of rights, like a bundle of sticks. Each stick or right can be sold or assigned separately to a third party. The rights owned by the author are as follows:
- The Right to Reproduce the Work: the right to copy, imitate, reproduce, duplicate, or transcribe the Work in fixed form, i.e., to reproduce the Work in copies or phonorecords.
- The Right to Derivative Works: the right to prepare Works based upon the original Work, i.e., to modify the Work.A new Work that is based upon an existing Work is a “derivative Work.”
- The Right to Distribution: the right to distribute copies or phonorecords of the Work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership or by renting, leasing, or lending.
- The Right to Perform the Work Publicly: in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic Works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual Works, the right to recite, play, dance, act, or show the Work at a public place or to transmit it to the public.
- The Right to Publicly Display the Work: the right to show a copy of the Work directly to the public (e.g., hanging up a copy of a painting in a public place) or by means of a website, film, slide, or television image at a public place or to transmit it to the public.
- The Right to Perform the Work Publicly: (in the case of sound recordings) by means of a digital audio transmission.