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question.jpgIn Copyrights

What is the difference between ownership of a copyright and ownership of an embodiment?

The author of a protected work owns the copyright in that work, and all of the exclusive rights that come with that copyright protection (the right to reproduce it, display it, etc.). When someone purchases an embodiment of that work (for example, a book is an embodiment of the novel created and protected by the author), they are not purchasing any of the copyright protections - they are only buying the physical item itself, with the right of fair use as to that individual physical product. So, for example, if you buy a book, you are entitled to resell that book, but you are not entitled to make your own copies of it.