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Basic definitions and concepts

In this section we look at:

A brief note on copyright:

By default, copyright is automatic and ‘all rights reserved’, meaning that the author/creator of a work must grant permission to people who wish to use the work.

Copyright comprises a number of different rights, some of which can be legally assigned to others, often by means of a licence. Such licences determine how others might use that work, including whether or not they can access, use, print, copy, distribute, display, perform, modify or sell that work – in practice changing the status from ‘all rights reserved’ to ‘some rights reserved’.

An author may select from a broad scope of licensing options. These range from very restrictive copyright licences, to a waiver of all rights by dedicating to the public domain (i.e. ‘no rights reserved’).