What exploitation rights do I have to my work?

As the copyright owner, you can determine if, when, and how your work may be used. More specifically, you have the following rights:


  • Right to reproduce – the right to reproduce the work by any means (making copies of the work). Whether the work has been changed or not is irrelevant.
  • Right to distribute – the right to offer, sell or put the work into circulation in any other way.
  • Right to make available to the public – the right to make the work available through a communication network such as the internet so that the public can access it and the work can be downloaded, for example.
  • Right to perform and present – the right to publicly recite, perform, present the work or to make it perceptible in any other way.
  • Right to adapt – the right to decide if, when and how the work is to be adapted and whether it may be used as the basis for the creation of a new work (e.g. a translation).
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