Copyright is a law that gives you ownership over the things you create. Be it a painting, a photograph, a poem or a novel, if you created it, you own it and it’s the copyright law itself that assures that ownership. The ownership that copyright law grants comes with several rights that you, as the owner, have exclusively. It’s includes :
- The right to reproduce the work
- To prepare derivative works
- To distribute copies
- To perform the work
- And to display the work publicly
These are your rights and your rights alone. Unless you willingly give them up. No one can violate them legally. This means that, unless you say otherwise, no one can perform a piece written by you or make copies of it, even with attribution, unless you give them.