[Foundation-l] Does "free content" exist in France?

Stephen Bain stephen.bain at gmail.com
Sun Apr 22 01:10:26 UTC 2007

On 4/22/07, Birgitte SB <birgitte_sb at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Moral rights are not some oddball local law, but
> well-recognized area of international copyright law
> acknowledged in the Berne convention.  This is not at
> all like "insulting Turkishness" were it is best to
> just claim a different jusristiction and pretend it
> doesn't exist.  Not if you want to maintain any
> integrity as an international movement anyways.

The idea of moral rights is part of the Berne Convention, and the
United States is unusual among signatories in not completely
recognising them.

However the Convention leaves it completely up to the signatories to
implement moral rights into their local law, and this has produced
some wildly different results. French law is commonly held up as an
extreme example but really the difference is between the civil law
states (which love moral rights) and the common law states (which are

Stephen Bain
stephen.bain at gmail.com

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