A copyright owner has the sole right to produce or reproduce a work or any substantial part, to perform the work or any substantial part in public, to publish the work or any substantial part, to transmit or record a work, to communicate a work to the public by telecommunication or to authorize any of the above. Additional rights in the Copyright Act protect performer’s performances, sound recordings and broadcast communications.
The author of a work is usually the first owner of copyright and can assert, assign or license the owner’s rights. The author has additional rights called ‘moral rights’ which include the right of an author to be associated with the work and to prevent the distortion or modification of the work. Moral rights cannot be assigned and remain with the author, but an author can agree to not enforce them.