Moral Rights Law and Legal Definition

Moral rights are rights concerned with the protection of the reputation of the author. Moral rights are generally recognized in civil law jurisdictions and also in some common law jurisdictions. They include the right of attribution, the right to have a work published anonymously or pseudonymously, and the right to the integrity of the work.

Moral rights are distinct from any economic rights tied to copyrights. Even if an artist has assigned his/her rights to a work to a third party, s/he still maintains the moral rights to the work.