Copyright refers to the exclusive rights given to authors and creators of works - the copyright owners - to determine how their work can be used, thus protecting their moral and economic interests.
Copyright applies to
literary works, artistic works, musical works, computer programs, sound recordings, films and broadcasts and can be used to stop others from copying and/or using their creative material without permission.
The rights are granted exclusively to the copyright owner to reproduce (copy, scan, print) and communicate (email, put on Internet) the material, and for some material, the right to perform or show the work to the public. Copyright owners can prevent others from reproducing or communicating their work without their permission. Only the copyright owner can licence or sell these rights to someone else.