Distribution Right Law and Legal Definition

A distribution right refers to a copyright holder’s exclusive right to sell, lease, or transfer copies of the protected work to the public. It is also known as first sale doctrine. Distribution right authorizes a copyright holder to distribute copies or phonorecords of a copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending. [Famous Music, LLC v. Stellar Records, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98984 (M.D. Tenn. Sept. 28, 2007)].