This question came up for me within the context of intellectual property rights in a film grant competition.
When “right” is singular, the correct preposition is “to,” such as in the right to free speech.
When “rights” is plural, it’s less clear to me.
Of the following examples, which is correct? If both are technically correct, do they have slightly different meanings?
Who would retain the intellectual property rights to the work?
Who would retain the intellectual property rights for the work?
As a bonus, I am almost certain the below is not correct under any circumstance, but will place it here for good measure, in case I’m wrong:
Who would retain the intellectual property rights on the work?