By Geetha Kandiah
Books, music, pictures, videos and other creative works have special intangible rights attached to them, known as “copyright”. These rights are owned by the creators of the work – authors, producers, photographers, musicians, songwriters, artists and such – who can choose to do anything they wish with their exclusive rights.
The copyright owners have the right to prevent others from reproducing their work (or a substantial part) in any material form. The translation, adaptation and transformation of their work can also be prevented, so owners of copyright essentially have broad rights to their pieces of work, which can be exploited in many profitable ways.