Reproduction Right Law and Legal Definition

The reproduction right is considered as one of the most important rights granted by the U.S. Copyright Act. Under this right, no person other than the copyright owner can make any reproductions or copies of the work. A reproduction right is a copyright holder’s exclusive right to make copies or phone records of the protected work. Unauthorized copying by others constitutes infringement.

Examples of unauthorized acts which are prohibited under this right include photocopying a book, copying a computer software program, and incorporating a portion of an already published song into a new song.

However, it is not necessary that the entire original work must be copied to result in an infringement of the reproduction right. If the copying is “substantial and material”, then it will amount to infringement.