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The Copyright Owner’s Bundle of Rights

Learn about the different rights in a copyright owner’s bundle, including the right to copy, the right to prepare derivative works, the right to distribute copies, and the right to publicly perform and display a work.


Copyright law grants an owner a bundle of exclusive rights. But not all copyright owners have the same sticks in their bundle. Rather, the precise composition of the rights in an owner’s bundle depends on the type of copyrighted work involved.

I.              The Right to Copy

First, all copyright owners have the right to copy or reproduce their works. The right to reproduce isn’t limited to verbatim, exact copies. Rather,...