Copyright is a set of rights given to a copyright owner or holder (an author, a filmmaker, a musician, or even a publisher) for an original and creative work fixed in a tangible medium of expression (an article, a book, a movie, a recording, a website, and more).

These exclusive rights include

  • the right to reproduce the work
  • the right to prepare works based upon the original (also known as derivative works)
  • the right to distribute copies of the work
  • the right to perform or display the work publicly

Copyright gives the owner or holder the sole right to market the work for a limited period of time.