The works of performers, sound recording producers and broadcasting organisations are protected by means of 'related' or 'neighbouring' rights.
The exclusive rights of a copyright owner can be sold or passed on. In addition to these rights, a copyright owner also has certain rights which remain with the original creator and affect how subsequent owners deal with the work. Such rights are known as moral rights.
Moral rights comprise:
- The right of the creator to be identified as the author of a work (also called the ‘right of attribution’ or ‘right to paternity’)
- The right to object to derogatory treatment (prevent his work being subjected to any distortion or mutilation) of his/her work or derogatory action which would ultimately be prejudicial to his/her honour or reputation (also known as the ‘right of integrity’)
- The right to object to false attribution, ie the right not to be named as the author of a work which he or she did not create.
However, the right to paternity and the right to be identified as the creator do not apply to anything done by or with the authority of the copyright owner where the copyright in the work originally vested in the creator’s employer. This will be the case for most work created by employed lecturers and teachers in FE and HE.
Moral rights are explained in more detail on the IPO website.