In copyright law we also have, related (or neighbouring rights). Related rights provide protection to the following persons or organizations:
- performers (actors, musicians, singers, dancers, or generally people who perform), in their performances;
- producers of sound recordings (for example, cassette recordings and compact discs) in their recordings; and
- broadcasting organizations, in their radio and television programs.
Copyright and related rights protect different people. Copyright protects authors of works. For example, in the case of a song, copyright protects the composer of the music and the writer of the words.
In the same example, related rights would apply to :
- the musicians and the singer who performs the song,
- the producer of the sound recording (called also phonogram) in which the song is included, and
- the organization that broadcasts a program containing the song.