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Last Updated: Sep 18, 2019

Copyright is a type of intellectual property; other types of intellectual property include patents, trademarks, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies. Copyright means that the owner has the sole or exclusive right, to publish, reproduce or perform a substantial part of a work in any form (subject to exceptions).  Copyright can be understood as a bundle of rights that may be exercised by the owner or licensed or assigned wholly or individually to another party. For example, a playwright may grant a licence to a theatre company to perform their play; or licence the work to be published in another language or even assign these rights entirely to another party.  The Copyright Act also includes rights which cannot be assigned called Moral Rights, which are the rights of the author to be associated with the work (attribution) and the right to the integrity of the work.      

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