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Copyright is a suite of rights over a creative work. The specifics of which rights are included vary between countries, but generally include:
- distribution rights
- performance rights
- broadcast rights
- the right to prepare derivative works
In the 168 countries that are signatories to the Berne Convention, copyright is granted automatically at the time the work is fixed in a tangible medium.
Note that many questions with this tag are actually questions about fair-use. Fair-use is an affirmative defense that can be raised to copyright infringement in the US. A similar (but more restricted) defense in the UK and other Commonwealth countries is known as "fair dealing."
"Compulsory" or statutory-license apply to some types of creative work.