Copyright is the exclusive
right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.:
Works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 70 years after his or her death.
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. They are:
- 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.