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Copyright: general information

    2. Copyright contemplates several rights
In accordance with what is set out by international treaties, Italian law (Law n. 633 of 22 April 1941) sets out two categories of rights involving copyright: moral rights and economic rights.
The author is first of all the holder of the intellectual property rights over his or her works and thus must be able to decide whether and how to publish them. Consequently, anyone using those works cannot, at any stage of production and distribution, take the place of the author or act without the author’s authorisation (for example, by producing translations or versions in other formats than those authorised, etc).
The author also has the right to exclusive economic benefit from his or her works. Anyone using them must not damage the author by reducing, for example, his or her capacity to sell the published works (for example, by making whole copies of the text, in any possible format),
The law also states that the economic rights of reproduction, translation and distribution are independent of each other, and thus that they may be wholly or partly retained or sold. The author can sell to someone, whom he or she often does not know, the publication rights, and to someone else the translation rights. These persons become the holders of the economic rights that the author has sold, and the law then protects them.

Rights of economic benefit
Moral rights
Last update: 20/1/2011