WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?
|Copyright is a form of protection
provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code)
to the authors of "original works of authorship,"
including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain
other intellectual works. This protection is available to both
published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976
Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the
exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the
- To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
- To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
- To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the
public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental,
lease, or lending;
- To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary,
musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and
motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
- To display the copyrighted work publicly, in the case of
literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works,
pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works,
including the individual images of a motion picture or other
- And, in the case of sound recordings, to perform the work
publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.