Bundle of Rights

The legal theory of copyright is that it consists of a collection or “bundle” of divisible rights, indeed it might better be described as copyrights. Thus a copyright owner normally receives the statutory rights to control:

  • reproduction;
  • preparation of derivative works;
  • distribution of copies;
  • public performances; and
  • public display.

If the owner is also the author, he/she may also have “moral rights”.

Copyright owners have generally gone further, contractually subdividing the bundle into a host of other rights, for example, paperback and hardback rights, rights to publish translations, cinematographic rights, merchandising rights, rights to make games, etc.

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