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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
The moon will block the sun Tuesday in a total solar eclipse, but only for spectators in parts of Australia and in the southern Pacific Ocean. For the rest of us, several webcasts will be available to remotely watch the celestial alignment of the sun and moon.
The only total solar eclipse of 2012 will begin Tuesday (Nov. 13) at 3:35 p.m. EST (2035 GMT), though it will be early Wednesday morning (Nov. 14) for observers watching the event in Australia.
The path of totality is about 108 miles (174 kilometers) wide and 9,000 miles (14,500 km) long, and covers a three-hour period. Much of the solar eclipse’s path is over the open Pacific Ocean, making it difficult to observe. [Video: Watch Path of Nov. 13-14 Total Solar Eclipse]