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What are my rights as a copyright holder?

A copyright holder has the right to use the © symbol to indicate that copyright subsists in the work upon which the symbol is used, and to indicate who owns the copyright. The use of the © symbol, however, is not mandatory.

Someone who employs the © symbol when not an owner would be liable for engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct.

Your other rights as a copyright holder include the right:

  1. to obtain a court order to stop someone unlawfully using (infringing) your copyright (this kind of order is an injunction)
  2. to grant a licence to another person (e.g. in other parts of Australia, in other industries, or in other countries) to exercise some of your rights as a copyright holder, in return for licence fees, royalties, or other payments
  3. to sell your copyright
  4. to give your copyright away in your will

Other rights depend upon the nature of the copyright work; for example:

Rights Computer software Literary, dramatic and musical works (including databases, the text of a marketing plan or business plan, annual reports, operational manuals, technical specifications, letters and emails etc.) Artistic works
Copy the work
Publish the work
Make an adaptation of the work    
Translate the work    
Perform the work    
Broadcast the work
Make the work available on line
Rent out the work