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What are the rights of a copyright holder?

The owner of a copyright has the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
  1. Reproduce the work
  2. Prepare derivative works based on the work
  3. Distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, such as by rental, lease or lending
  4. Perform the work publicly. This applies to literary, musical, dramatic and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  5. Display the copyrighted work publicly. This applies to 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