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Copyright gives the creators of certain kinds of material rights to control ways their material can be used. These rights start as soon as the material is recorded in writing or in any other way. There is no official registration system. The rights cover:

  • copying
  • adapting
  • distributing
  • communicating to the public by electronic transmission (including by broadcasting and in an on demand service)
  • renting or lending copies to the public
  • performing in public

In many cases, the author will also have the right to be identified on their works and to object if their work is distorted or mutilated.