moral rights

n. the legal right of creators to have their works attributed to them and to protect the integrity of their works


In the United States, moral rights are defined in the Visual Artists Rights Act (17 USC 106A). The federal law is restricted to certain still photographs, paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures that are signed and consecutively numbered by the author and that are unique or limited to editions of 200 or less. Outside the United States and in some states, moral rights may cover the rights of creators of other formats, including written works.