Tennessee residents may wish to know what rights are granted by copyright law and who can own those rights. Depending on the particular employment situation or agreement, either a creator or their employer could own a copyright.
Copyrights are a valuable type of intellectual property for both individuals and businesses. Ownership of a copyright grants them several exclusive rights regarding the copyrighted work. These include the right to reproduce the work, distribute copies or perform the work publicly, and to create derivative works based on that work. While the creator of the work is generally the owner of that copyright, there are many instances in which the owner is not the creator.