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Find out more about your rights

When you produce a work that’s covered by copyright, you have two different kinds of rights: economic rights and moral rights.

Economic rights

Economic rights give you the right to earn money from your creative work. This means you can give or deny people permission to:

  • copy your work (for example by photocopying, scanning, recording, reproducing in a different format)
  • rent or lend copies of your work to the public (except that library loans are always permitted, and are compensated under the Public Lending Right Scheme
  • show, play or perform your work in public
  • broadcast the work to the public – this includes putting the work on the internet
  • making an adaptation of your work (for example by translating it).

You can give or sell your economic rights to another person or organisation.

Moral rights

Moral rights help protect your reputation. They allow you to:

  • be identified as the creator of your work (you need to assert this right in writing when you give someone permission to use your work in some way)
  • object to your work being used in a derogatory way
  • not be attributed as the creator of a work you didn’t create.

You can’t give away or sell your moral rights.