Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property series
Edited by Estelle Derclaye
Chapter 11: The Moral Right of Integrity
10 Moral rights1 Willem Grosheide 1. The advent of modern copyright law 1.1 Author’s rights tradition and copyright tradition As is well known, today’s world is divided into two traditions with regard to the legal protection of cultural information: the civil law or continental tradition and the common law or copyright tradition.2 Both traditions developed in the respective national laws of Western Europe over the course of time, following the introduction of the printing process in the 15th century and as a See for a general overview S. Strömholm, Le droit moral de l’auteur I, II, III (Norstedt & Söners, Stockholm, 1966–73); Elizabeth Adeney, The Moral Rights of Authors and Performers (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006). No separate attention will be given in this chapter to performers’ rights. 2 As a matter of terminology, in this chapter the term copyright law is generally used as the generic indicator of both traditions. Copyright law, for that matter, is viewed here as a particular variant on the legal regulation of human communication originating within the framework of Western European culture, serving primarily to safeguard the exploitation of cultural information upon its dissemination. Copyright (law) is also the overarching term unifying economic rights and moral rights. Comp. E.W. Ploman and Clark Hamilton, Copyright – Intellectual Property in the Information Age (Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, Boston and Henley, 1980); F.W. Grosheide, Auteursrecht op maat (Kluwer, Deventer, 1986) with an English summary; idem, ‘Paradigms in Copyright Law’, in Brad Sherman and Alain Strowel, Of...
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