FAQ about Copyright System of Japan

What is a right to maintain integrity?

A right to maintain integrity is one of the “moral rights of an author” granted to an author of a work under the Copyright Act of Japan.
The moral rights of an author are required to be independent of the economic rights (i.e. copyrights) and to remain with the author even after he/she has transferred his/her economic rights.

An author of a work has the right to maintain the integrity of his/her work and its title, and to object to any distortion, mutilation or other modification of his/her work and its title against his/her intent (will).

The Berne Convention requires countries of the Union to grant to authors the right to object to any distortion, mutilation or other modification of, or other derogatory action in relation to, the work, which would be prejudicial to the author's honor or reputation. The right to maintain integrity under the Copyright Act of Japan is in line with the provision of the Bern Convention.

However, it should be noted that there are a few exceptional cases to which the right to maintain integrity does not apply. One of the exceptional cases is this; the right to maintain integrity does not cover the modifications that are considered unavoidable in light of the nature of the work as well as the purpose of, and the manner of, its exploitation.

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