What are the economic rights of a copyright holder?

Right of Reproduction: This refers to the exclusive right of the copyright holder to reproduce the work in any format. This covers copying a work in any way. For example, photocopying, reproducing a printed page by handwriting, typing or scanning into a computer, or recording music in a CD or any media.

Right of Distribution: The copyright holder has the exclusive right to authorize the distribution of their work from one territory to another. This would include, for example, a book being sold in a bookshop.This right only applies the first time a copy of work enters into commercial circulation and so would not prevent the re-sale of that copy, for example by a second-hand shop.

Right of Rental and lending: This covers renting or lending copies of a work to the public. For example, renting from a video store or loaning a CD from a library.

Right of Public performance: includes performing, showing, or playing a work in public. This would include performing a play in a theatre, and playing sound recordings or showing films in public.

Right of Communication/Making available to the public: This is the communication of a work to the public through the internet or any other electronic transmission

Right of Adaptation: This covers the making of an adaptation of a work. This would include making a film out of a novel and transcribing a musical work.

Right of translation: this is referred to as translating a work from one language to another e.g. translating a book “success in commerce” from english to lozi.