Display Right Law and Legal Definition

Display right is a copyright holder’s exclusive right to show or exhibit a copy of protected work publicly, whether directly or by technological means. However, this right makes it illegal to transmit a copyrighted work over the internet without permission. According to 17 USCS § 106, display right is granted in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly.

Display right controls the public display of a work. The right is limited to the following types of works:

1.literary works;

2.musical works;

3.dramatic works;

4.choreographic works;


6.pictorial works;

7.graphical works;

8.sculptural works; and

9.stills from motion pictures and other audio visual works.