Vitaly Kalyatin1
  • 1 National Research University Higher School of Economics, 20 Myasnitskaya Str., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation

Functions of Moral Rights in the Modern Information Society

2016. No. 4. P. 43–53 [issue contents]
Moral rights are often analyzed in the context of protection of author’s personal interests only and, asresult, this theme attracts attention of researchers quite rarely. However, in the modern informationsociety moral rights perform number of important roles. The basic moral right function is identificationof a person as a creator of certain work. This acknowledgement is very important for an author,because it influence on his social status, profit, etc. On the other hand, the author’s identification isnecessary for normal use of a work, because any economic turnover requires identification of objectinvolved in it. On this basic function, some additional functions are based, in particular, stimulationcreative activity, identifying of characteristics of the work, prevention of unauthorized changesof the work, protection of culture heritage. At the same time, implementation of these functions indifferent countries depends strongly on traditions and peculiarities of the legislation developmentin this country. For example, in continental system of law “romantic” conception of copyright wasimplemented, which was based on relation to an author as a creator “inspired by the heaven”, whilein anglo-saxon system of law copyright was an instrument for organization of economic exploitationof works. In the article functions of moral rights and their place in the modern information society,as well as peculiarities of implementation in different countries, are discussed. Moral rights becamea guaranty that new ways of use of works will not be performed in the form that will break the authorand his work completely where he is not able to influence to conditions of use of his work and tocontrol correct identification of the title of the work, his name, prevent distortions of his work, etc. Inthe modern society, the role of state authorities increases as well, they should protect works whichare in the public domain, provide possibility of use of “orphan works”, etc. Regrettably, currently inthe legal doctrine there is no clear understanding of new role of copyright and place and role of moralrights, in particular.
Citation: Kalyatin V. (2016) O funktsiyakh lichnykh neimushchestvennykh prav v sovremennom informatsionnom obshchestve [Functions of Moral Rights in the Modern Information Society]. Pravo. Zhurnal Vysshey shkoly ekonomiki, no 4, pp. 43-53 (in Russian)
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