n.the legal right of creators to have their works attributed to them and to protect the integrity of their worksU.S. Code, 17 USC 106AThe author of a work of visual art shall have the right to claim authorship of that work, and to prevent the use of his or her name as the author of any work of visual art which he or she did not create; shall have the right to prevent the use of his or her name as the author of the work of visual art in the event of a distortion, mutilation, or other modification of the work which would be prejudicial to his or her honor or reputation; and subject to the limitations set forth in section 113(d), shall have the right to prevent any intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification of that work which would be prejudicial to his or her honor or reputation, and any intentional distortion, mutilation, or modification of that work is a violation of that right, and to prevent any destruction of a work of recognized stature, and any intentional or grossly negligent destruction of that work is a violation of that right.
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.