Bundling: The Copyright Way

Legal Matters That Matter to Writers

by Professor Tonya M. Evans

(Contact Professor Evans at Legal Write Publications, info@legalwritepublications.com or http://www.legalwritepublications.com; The information contained in this column is for general informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you need advice regarding a specific legal matter, consult a lawyer as each case is fact-specific.)

If you have created an original literary or artistic work in some tangible form – in writing or on film or tape or canvas, for example – then you don’t have to do anything. You automatically own a copyright in your work.

Rights? What Rights?

What rights do I have if I own a copyright? Copyright is not one right but actually a bundle of rights. In general, the law gives a copyright owner the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

  1. Copy the work
  2. Prepare derivative works based on the original
  3. Distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending
  4. Publicly display
  5. Publicly perform

From the June 23 Book Marketing Tips and Info Newsletter, subscribe at: http://www.bookmarketingworks.com/mktgmattersnews/

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