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The Impact of 1988 CDA Act to Author
Origin:Image Printing  Data: 3/27/2011  Keywords: 1988 CDA Act

In a book printing house, the authors are very important for the owners. Under the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, authors were given additional statutory rights called moral rights including paternity, integrity, false attribution and privacy etc. Here we would try to illustrate them one by one.

Firstly there is the moral right of paternity, which gives author the right to be credited as the author of the work. This must be asserted by the author before it can be enforced. Often this can be seen on the title verso of a book. Second is the right of integrity, which is the right of authors to be protected from editorial distortion of the work. Third is the right to prevent false attribution, which prevents an author from being credited with something that they did not write. A final right gives privacy to individuals in the case of photographs they have commissioned, perhaps for a wedding, from a photographer who owns the copyright.

Moral rights are likely to grow in importance in the age of electronic publications, which frequently involve substantial adaptation of the work of authors and illustrators. Such uses greatly ease the manipulation of works and facilitate the risks of non-attribution and of plagiarism. Moral rights can be waived by an author, and if a publisher owns the copyright in a book, it will probably want to ensure that such a waiver is contained in the contract. The moral rights of paternity and integrity have the same duration as copyright; the right to prevent false attribution lasts for life plus 20 years.

Copyright law emerged in 18th Century Europe in relation to printed books and a new notion of authorship. In the European Renaissance and Neoclassical period the writer was regarded as an instrument, not as an independent creator. The writer was seen as using external sources to create a work of inspiration. In the 18th Century a changing concept of genius located the source of inspiration within the writer, whose special talents and giftedness was the basis for creating works of inspiration and uniqueness. The concept of the author as original creator and owner of their work emerged partly from the new concept of property rights and John Locke's theory that individuals were "owners of themselves". According to Locke, individuals invest their labour into natural goods, and so create property. Authors were argued to be the owners of their work because they had invested their labour in creating it. According to Patterson and Livingston, there remains confusion about the nature of copyright ever since Donaldson v Beckett, a case heard in 1774 by the British House of Lords about whether copyright is the natural law right of the author or the statutory grant of a limited monopoly. One theory holds that copyright's origin occurs at the creation of a work, the other that its origin exists only through the copyright statute for book printing services .

In the Anglo-American tradition copyright is understood as property, as distinguished from the droit dauteur understanding of copyright. In Britain copyright was initially conceived of as a "chose in action", that is an intangible property, as opposed totangible property. In the case of tangible property the property rights are bundled with the ownership of the property, and property rights are transferred once the property is sold. In contrast copyright law detaches the exclusive rights granted under property law to the copyright owner from ownership of the good which is regarded as a reproduction. Hence the purchaser of a book buys ownership of the book as a good, but not the underlying copyright in the book's content. If a derivative work based on the content of the book is made, permission needs to be sought from the copyright owner, not all owners of a copy of the book.

The Statute of Anne specifically referred to copyright in terms of literary property that is limited in time. Many contemporaries did not believe that the statute was concerned with property "in the strict sense of the word" and the question of whether copyright is property right dates back to the Battle of the Booksellers. In 1773 Lord Gardenston commented in Hinton v. Donaldson that "the ordinary subjects of property are well known, and easily conceived. But property, when applied to ideas, or literary and intellectual compositions, is perfectly new and surprising". It was in the 19th century that the term intellectual property began to be used as an umbrella term for patents, copyright and other laws. The expansion of copyright and copyright term are mirrored in the rhetoric that has been employed in referring to copyright. Courts, when strengthening copyright, have characterized it as a type of property. Companies have strongly emphasized copyright as property, with leaders in the music and movie industries seeking to "protect private property from being pillaged" and making forceful assertions that copyright is absolute property right. With reference to the expanding scope of copyright, one commentator noted that "We have gone from a regime where a tiny part of creative content was controlled to a regime where most of the most useful and valuable creative content is controlled for every significant use." According to Graham Dutfield and Uma Suthersanen copyright is now a "class of intangible business assets", mostly owned by companies who function as "investor, employer, distributor and marketer". While copyright was conceived as personal property awarded to creators, creators now rarely own the rights in their works.

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