Legal Matters That Matter to Writers
by Professor Tonya M. Evans
(Contact Professor Evans at Legal Write Publications, firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Copy the work
- Prepare derivative works based on the original
- Distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending
- Publicly display
- Publicly perform
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