The property right comprises the right to use the work and can be assigned partially or in full to third parties. The moral right protects the author’s personal relationship to the work and cannot be assigned. Even if an author assigns the property right in full to a third party, the author retains the moral right and can claim the rights associated with this moral right.
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4.2 Property right (uses of a work)
Pursuant to Art. 10 para. 1 CopA, authors have the exclusive right to decide whether, when and how their work is used. This refers to the author’s property right – only authors can decide on the (commercial) use of their work.
This right gives authors the opportunity to earn some money with their work, although they do not necessarily have to make a profit. By the same token, authors can use their work non-commercially (e.g. for social, cultural or church-related purposes). Finally, the fact that a work is used is what gives authors the opportunity to make their work available to a circle of users.
- Reproducing a work, Art. 10 para. 2 (a) CopA
- Distributing a work, Art. 10 para. 2 (b) CopA
- Making a work perceptible or available, Art. 10 para. 2 (c) CopA
- Broadcasting a work, Art. 10 para. 2 (d) CopA
- Retransmitting a work, Art. 10 para. 2 (e) CopA
- Making a work perceptible to the public, Art. 10 para. 2 (f) CopA
As the uses of a work are technology-neutral, the law also covers new possibilities of use (that are not yet known).