moral rights, right of integrity


The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the approaches taken in the European Union and the United States to protect moral rights of musicians, specifically the right of integrity, and to give a sense of a possible future trend in the development of this issue. Currently, the United States protects an author’s right of integrity through other legal frameworks, like contract law or defamation, but does not expressly recognize moral rights. This paper proposes that the United States adopt a middle ground approach, like that taken by the United Kingdom, and provide limited, but explicit, moral rights protection to musical composers.