Monday, March 02, 2009

Copyright licenses and moral rights

Historian Alice Kessler-Harris discusses a copyright agreement she fought, then ultimately conceded to. Notably, her concerns were not really economic, though she mentions occasional reprint checks for small amounts under past licenses. What she really feared was that her work would be excerpted in ways that misrepresented it. Her work wasn’t her work without her footnotes. Historians want moral rights too, though they’re configured differently than, say, painters’ moral rights.

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