Authors, Attribution, and Integrity: Examining Moral Rights in the United States

This symposium, co-sponsored by the U.S. Copyright Office and CPIP, examined the role of moral rights protection in the United States. The day-long event brought together authors, scholars, and other stakeholders for a broad discussion of copyright issues related to moral rights. Topics included the historical development of moral rights and various means for providing them, the value that authors place on moral rights generally and individual moral rights specifically, the various ways these rights are provided for under current law, and new considerations for the digital age. Further study of moral rights under U.S. copyright law was among the recommendations made by the Register of Copyrights in testimony before Congress last spring and was requested by the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Remarks, Keynote, & Panels

    Opening Remarks

    • Maria A. Pallante, Register of Copyrights and Director, U.S. Copyright Office
    • Sandra Aistars, Clinical Professor, George Mason University School of Law, Senior Scholar and Director of Copyright Research and Policy, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

    Session 1: Overview of Moral Rights

    • June M. Besek, The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School
    • Prof. Daniel J. Gervais, Vanderbilt Law School
    • Prof. Mark Schultz, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
    • Eric J. Schwartz, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
    • Moderator: Karyn Temple Claggett, U.S. Copyright Office

    Session 2: The U.S. Perspective

    • Allan Adler, Association of American Publishers
    • Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-AFTRA
    • Mickey Osterreicher, National Press Photographers Association
    • Michael Wolfe, Authors Alliance
    • Prof. Peter K. Yu, Texas A&M University School of Law
    • Moderator: Aurelia J. Schultz, U.S. Copyright Office

    Session 3: Keynote: The Most Moral of Rights: The Right to be Recognized as the Author of the Work

    • Prof. Jane C. Ginsburg, Columbia Law School

    Session 4: The Importance of Moral Rights to Authors

    • Melvin Gibbs, Musician/composer
    • David Lowery, Songwriter/recording artist
    • Yoko Miyashita, Getty Images
    • Prof. Sean O’Connor, University of Washington School of Law
    • Scott Turow, Author
    • Moderator: Kimberley Isbell, U.S. Copyright Office

    Session 5: The Intersection of Moral Rights and Other Laws

    • Prof. Sonya G. Bonneau, Georgetown University Law Center
    • Paul Alan Levy, Public Citizen Litigation Group
    • Eugene Mopsik, American Photographic Artists
    • Katherine C. Spelman, Lane Powell PC
    • Nancy E. Wolff, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
    • Moderator: Brad A. Greenberg, U.S. Copyright Office

    Session 6: New Ways to Disseminate Content and the Impact on Moral Rights

    • Chris Castle, Christian L. Castle, Attorneys
    • Alec French, Thorsen French Advocacy, representing Directors Guild of America
    • Steven Marks, Recording Industry Association of America
    • Scott Martin, Paramount Pictures Corporation
    • Stanley Pierre-Louis, Entertainment Software Association
    • Roxana Robinson, Authors Guild
    • Moderator: Maria Strong, U.S. Copyright Office

    Session 7: Concluding Session: Where Do We Go From Here?

    • Katie Alvarez, U.S. Copyright Office
    • Matthew Barblan, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property


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