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Exclusive Rights and Their Limitations

Exclusive Rights and Their Limitations

Learn about the exclusive rights of a copyright holder, including reproduction, adaptation, public distribution, and public performance, and how these rights may be unbundled and licensed separately.


A copyright gives the owner a bundle of exclusive rights for the duration of his or her copyright term. These rights can be “unbundled” and licensed separately. For example, a book owner can sell the reproduction rights to a publishing house and sell the movie adaptation rights to a different, unrelated movie studio. Those rights are: reproduction, adaptation, public distribution and public performance.

Regarding Public Display, and Digital Performance, as a part of the United States treaty...

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