What are Moral Rights?

June 28, 2012, 10:28 AM

Moral rights relate to copyrights and are a special set of rights that are owned by the creator of a work. Moral rights protect the reputation and integrity of the creator. The right of attribution provides that no matter who gets to exploit the economic rights in a copyrighted work, the creator still has the right to be named as the creator. The right of integrity provides that the creator gets to prevent any action that would undermine the creators creative intent or vision. U.S. copyright law grants moral rights to creators of visual works, but moral rights do not extend to other types of works, such as literary or musical works. --Nicole J. Harrell