right of first publication

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Noun1.right of first publication - a document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work
legal right - a right based in law
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
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The right of first publication enjoys special legal protection by the copyright law", according to his lawyer, Michael PlE-schke, having his law office in Berlin, "because it is an essential part of the author's personal rights and cannot be transferred to third parties.
The act of publication encompasses the rights of reproduction and distribution (Copyright Act, 1988), and authors have the right of first publication under U.
just as in the print world, this could be handled by reserving to the author the right of first publication, a right recognized in the United States in Harper & Row v.