How are "rights" defined?
Under the United States Copyright Act found at Title 17 of the U.S. Code, a creator of original materials is granted a package of exclusive rights, the entire package of which is generally referred to as the creator's "copyrights." Click here for more information on the Copyright Act.
In Copyright Clearance Center's licensing services, a "right" is the legal entitlement to use a work in the way specified, such as reproduction via photocopying or electronic means. In Copyright Clearance Center's licensing services, a copyright rightsholder (publisher, author, etc.) authorizes Copyright Clearance Center to license "rights" to content users.