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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(58) Originally, the intent behind giving unpublished works more protection from fair use was that, "although [an unpublished] work is unavailable, this is the result of a deliberate choice on the part of the copyright owner," and "the copyright owner's 'right of first publication' would outweigh any needs of reproduction," which would not apply to works on the internet as they are available to everyone.
The act of publication encompasses the rights of reproduction and distribution (Copyright Act, 1988), and authors have the right of first publication under U.S.