[LINK] moral rights in Australia?
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Nov 21 12:20:24 EST 2008
At 02:11 PM 20/11/2008, Eric Scheid wrote:
>A client is asking me to waive all moral rights ...
Some years ago I was handed a draft contract by a client with a
similar clause about me waving my moral rights. In this case it
concerned something which would be published with my name on it, so I
thought the issue worth disputing. I got the moral rights waver
deleted without a quibble from the client's lawyers. If it was an
internal document, or one which went anonymously into a corporate
report I would not have worried about it.
Here is a lucid discussion of this issue from ECU at:
"Moral rights are rights belonging to a creator of a copyright work.
They are rights of attribution, and are not the same as the economic
rights that the owner of the copyright has. Moral rights are those of
the creators of copyright work and include the right to be attributed
for their work, to not have their work falsely attributed and for the
integrity of authorship to be respected.
Moral rights cannot be assigned as they are personal rights. However,
the owner of moral rights can agree to forgo or waive their rights to
claim damages or take legal action for an infringement of their moral
rights. This agreement is called a consent or waiver of moral rights.
Therefore as moral rights cannot be assigned, clause 11.1 does not
appear to have the effect of waiving the right to bring actions for
infringement of moral rights in respect to copyright material created
under the agreement. The clause clearly contemplates that
intellectual property is created by a person and then assigned to the State.
To enable the University to comply with the obvious requirement of
the State that it either hold all the intellectual property rights or
else be immune from prosecution, all of the researchers involved in
the project who may have moral rights in any of the project outputs
must provide written confirmation to the Office of Research and
Innovation confirming their consent for the State and ECU to use the
outputs in a manner that may infringe their moral rights."
There is a discussion of this in the arts context at:
Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
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PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617 http://www.tomw.net.au/
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