An author has economic rights (relating to the use of his work) and moral rights (which protect his personality).
The economic rights are:
- the reproduction right, which includes material reproductions (CDs, DVDs, books, downloads, etc.), intellectual reproductions (translation, adaptation), rental and lending, and distribution.
- the performing right for communicating to the public (concert, performance, broadcasting, Internet, etc.)
- the resale right whereby the author of a work of visual art is entitled to a percentage in the event of a public sale.
The moral rights are:
- the right to disclose the work
The author decides if and when the work is ‘ready’ to be published.
- the right to authorship
The author may claim or refuse to be recognised as the author of the work.
- the right to respect for his work
The author may take action against any modification of his work which may harm his honour or reputation.