[Cdn-DMCA] Derivative works: "Moral rights" and "Monopoly
farrellj at stonehenge.pronym.org
Thu Apr 4 23:55:41 EST 2002
On Thu, 4 Apr 2002, Kristofer Coward wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 04, 2002 at 05:37:26PM -0800, Chris Brand wrote:
> > > I think it'd be harder than you think to separate the "fame" and
> > > "fortune" rights (i.e. Moral vs. Monopoly).
> > I think one of the key problems is that nobody does separate the two.
> > If you go to someone and say "I feel that authors should be recognized
> > for what they wrote for the rest of their lives plus 50 years", I suspect
> > that most people would agree with you. The problem is that the way that
> > ends up being legislated is that they get a monopoly right for that
> > duration. We need to break that tie. If we can do so, then it becomes
> > much harder to justify term extensions for monopoly privileges.
> I think the moral right to be regognised as the author of a work
> extends indefinitely. Case in point: I'm not about to get away with
> claiming authorship of the Odes, the Iliad, the Odyssey, or even the
> epic of Gilgamesh.
But, you can claim copyright for your translation of any of those
from the original language to English.
Farrell J. McGovern
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