Moral rights protect the non-economic interest of the artist. They acknowledge the fact that artists invest in their work emotionally and/or intellectually. They protect artists’ interests in controlling the manner in which their works are used. In the UK, moral rights can be divided into four rights as follows:
the paternity right: the right to be identified and recognised as the author of a copyright work.
the right of integrity: the right to object to a derogatory treatment of a copyright work such as any addition, deletion, alteration to or adaptation of a work that amounts to a distortion or mutilation of the work or is otherwise prejudicial to the honour or reputation of the author.
the right to object to a false attribution: the right not to have an artistic work falsely attributed to the artist as author.
the right of privacy: the right to privacy of certain films and photographs. This right enables someone who has commissioned a photograph or film for private and domestic purposes to prevent it from being made available or exhibited to the public.