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N: MORAL RIGHTS

179 Introduction

Moral rights were expressly introduced into United Kingdom copyright law for the first time by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. These are the rights of an author in his work enabling him to protect his reputation, and have long been expressly recognised in other European countries as being distinct from the purely economic rights that enable an author to earn money from the exploitation of his work.

The Berne Convention1 makes the following provision with regard to moral rights2:

  1. ‘(1)

        Independently of the author’s economic rights, and even after the transfer of the said rights,

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