Journal of Cultural Economics

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 15–32 | Cite as

The Moral Rights of Artists: Droit Moral ou Droit Pécuniaire?

  • Michael Rushton


An artist's moral rights consist of the right to be identified as the creator of a work (Attribution), the right to decide when and whether to publish the work (Disclosure), the right to withdraw a work from circulation (Withdrawal), and the right to preserve the integrity of the work (Integrity). As there are two main schools of thought on the monetary aspects of copyright, so are there two schools on moral rights. Canada embodies two legal traditions, and so provides an interesting case study of moral rights legislation. The main interests for economists studying moral rights are (i) the extent to which moral rights should be tied to monetary rights, and (ii) the extent to which moral rights should be alienable.

moral rights copyright economic analysis of law 


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  • Michael Rushton
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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ReginaSaskatchewanCanada S4S 0A2

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