- It is based on the principle of respecting the copyright owner, the person who created the work.
- Just because you own a copy of the book, CD, poster, art work, or film doesn't mean you have the right to make copies of the material. The purchase of the item only means that you own a personal copy. Making reproductions to sell most likely is not within your rights.
What works are protected?
Most original works are protected by copyright. The U.S. Copyright law places copyrightable works in the following broad categories:
- Literary works
- Musical works, including any accompanying words
- Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
- Pantomimes and choreographic works
- Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
- Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
- Sound recordings
- Architectural works
The copyright holder has exclusive rights to:
- Derivative works
- Public distribution
- Public performance
- Public Display
- Public Performance by means of digital audio transmission