An interesting article that looks at the morality rights in the Copyright Act.
There are legal obligations to attribute (credit) creators, and not to treat their work in a derogatory way. Moral rights are rights provided to creators under copyright law in order to protect both their reputation and the integrity of their work.
In Australia, moral rights were introduced in December 2000 through the Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000. This legislation provides creators with three rights.
- the right of attribution of authorship;
- the right not to have authorship of their work falsely attributed; and
- the right of integrity of authorship.
This protects creators from their work being used in a derogatory way that may negatively impact on their character or reputation.
Moral rights last for the same time as copyright in a work, the term of which is usually the creator’s life plus 70 years.
The Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000 in Australia