Under US Copyright Law, the 6 exclusive rights are as follows :

  1. To reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords (physical or digital format).
  2. To prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work.
  3. To distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending.
  4. In the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, to perform the copyrighted work publicly.
  5. 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 audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly.
  6. In the case of sound recordings, to perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

When you create something, you are automatically granted all six of these rights. It is not always necessary for you to register your works with the US Copyright Office. If your work is in tangible form, you can prove your ownership of the copyright.

To learn more about US Copyright law, visit www.copyright.gov.

Also, please check out our Copyright 101 post on our Songtrust blog!

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