Moral Rights

Definition - What does Moral Rights mean?

Moral rights arise in intellectual property law and refer to the rights that a creator maintains in connection to their creation.

Moral rights include an artist’s right for their name to always appear in connection to their artwork when it is displayed to the public and a right to ensure that no one can alter an artist’s creation without their permission.

Justipedia explains Moral Rights

Moral rights offer content creators the means to protect their content. For example, these rights ensure that a writer’s name will always appear with the text that the writer has published.

Moral rights have developed with the understanding that an artist’s livelihood depends on the credit that they receive for creating a work of art. Moral rights also protect the integrity of a piece of art and prohibit others from changing the artwork and displaying it under the title that the original artist created the piece with.

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