Moral rights have to do with the attribution of copyright works, but the scope of these rights varies widely. Moral right is concerned with the human element in the creation of copyright works rather than the commercial exploitation of the work. Most countries recognise at least the following two types of moral rights:
- The right to be named as the author of the work ("authorship right"
or "paternity right"). When the work of an author is reproduced, published, communicated to the public, or exhibited in public, the person responsible for doing so must make sure that the author's name appears on publications concerning the work, whenever reasonable; and
- The right to protect the integrity of the work. Moral rights prohibits the making of any changes, modifications or alterations to work that would tend to damage the author's honour or reputation.
Unlike economic rights, moral rights cannot be transferred to someone else, because they are personal to the creator. Even if you sell your economic rights in work to someone else, you retain your moral rights in work. However, in some countries, an author may waive his moral rights by a written agreement, whereby he agrees not to exercise some or all of
his moral rights. Other countries allow such agreements but subject to certain conditions, for instance, for a limited period.