U.S. Copyright Office Wants to Know if Your “Moral Rights” Were Violated

Posted by on Thursday March 2, 2017 | Copyright/Legal

Have your photographs been used without attribution and/or used in a context that violates your integrity as a photographer? If so, the United States Copyright Office wants to hear from you. The Office recently extended the comment period for its study of how current copyright law protects the “moral rights” of copyright holders. The copyright office is considering whether or not it’s necessary to strengthen protection of these rights. Photographers and other copyright holders now have until 11:59pm EST on March 30, 2017.

One’s “moral rights” as an author are defined by the Copyright Office as “noneconomic rights that are considered personal to an author.” These include, “the right of an author to be credited as the author of his or her work (the right of attribution) and the right to prevent prejudicial distortions of the work (the right of integrity).”

For more on the moral rights study, and to submit a comment, go here.

h/t Photo Attorney

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