All copyrightable works contain what the legal industry terms “moral rights.” The artist of a copyrightable work automatically holds these moral rights, unless they are waived and/or properly assigned. These rights allow an owner of a copyright to choose to preserve the integrity of his/her work. There are two main subcategories that are usually of concern or interest: droit morale and droite de suite. Droit moral allows an artist to have his/her name associated with the work, even after it is sold. Droite de suite allows an artist to potentially collect money from all future sales of a piece of art.
As attorneys who work in this industry, we can ensure these rights are retained, waived, assigned, or even just understood so that you know what you are getting in your transactions and are satisfied with them.
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