The Copyright Act grants two types of rights to an author in respect of his or her work. These are called economic rights and moral rights. The rights refer to the work both in its original form and when it is available in an altered form, like a translation or adaptation.
The originator has the right to permit or prohibit reproduction of the work, e.g. by photocopying or other form of copying.
The originator has also the right to make the work available to the general public, i.e. to present the work publicly, to display it publicly or to distribute copies of the work.
These rights are in other words exclusive rights, which mean that only the author or his or her successor in title is authorised to carry out any of the acts covered by the rights. However, there are a number of limitations to the economic rights, which means that in some cases works may be used despite the exclusive rights.
Non-Economic Rights - Moral Rights
The originator has the right to be named in conjunction with the work being used, to the extent and in the way required by good practice.
The originator has also right to respect for the work, i.e. that the work may not be altered or made available to the general public in a form or connection that is damaging to the originators literary or artistic reputation or distinctive character.
Moral rights cannot be transferred but the author can waive them and such a waiver may under certain circumstances be binding upon him or her.