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Re: [OT] Droit d'auteur vs. free software? (Was: query from Georg Greve of GNU about Debian's opinion of the FDL

Bernhard R. Link wrote:
> If author's rights would be introduced in the USA, this might be the
> case. 

Author's rights, or at least the "moral rights" idea therein, are
already in US law. 17 US Code article 106A says, for example, that
the author "shall have the right to prevent the use of his or her 
name as the author of the work of visual art in the event of a distortion,
mutilation, or other modification of the work which would be prejudicial to
his or her honor or reputation."

This is basically what it says in article 6bis of the Berne Convention.

Note that the "distortion or mutilation" has to hurt the
honor or reputation of the author. Here in the Netherlands
this is the case if the owner of a house decides to put up
new blinds in a color the architect does not like.


Arnoud Engelfriet, Dutch patent attorney - Speaking only for myself
Patents, copyright and IPR explained for techies: http://www.iusmentis.com/

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