by Aimée Riou Under the Copyright Act, the author of a work is the first owner of the copyright in that work. It is important to know, first of all, that copyright protects two distinct types of rights: economic rights and moral rights. Economic rights belong to the owner of the copyright. That can be the author of the work of course, but it could also be a third party if the author has decided to sell the economic rights. Another “copyright”? In the case of moral rights, they belong to the author of the work, no matter if they.