Waiving ‘Moral Rights’ as an Author

chronicle.com-photo_5755_landscape_largeNature Publishing Group Requires Faculty Authors to Waive ‘Moral Rights’
‘Faculty authors who contract to write for the publisher of Nature, Scientific American, and many other journals should know that they could be signing away more than just the economic rights to their work, according to the director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke University.

‘Kevin Smith, the Duke official, said he stumbled across a clause in the Nature Publishing Group’s license agreement last week that states that authors waive or agree not to assert “any and all moral rights they may now or in the future hold” related to their work. In the context of scholarly publishing, “moral rights” include the right of the author always to have his or her name associated with the work and the right to have the integrity of the work protected such that it is not changed in a way that could result in reputational harm…’

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Judge Allows Woman to Sue Over HIV Portrayal in Photo
‘Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh (See Profile) rejected Getty Images‘ motion to dismiss the complaint in a case that could turn on the responsibility, if any, of an image distributor to determine whether a model had signed a release with an independent photographer.

‘Nolan v. Getty Images, 158540/13, centers on a Brooklyn woman whose image was provided by Getty to the state Division of Human Rights.

‘Avril Nolan’s picture appeared in an advertisement the agency placed in a free daily newspaper, AM NY, with the caption: “I am positive (+) and I have rights.” It goes on to state that HIV-positive individuals are shielded by the state Human Rights Law.

‘Getty obtained the image from a photographer, who did not have a release from Nolan to use or sell her image, according to the decision…’
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How Technology Can Improve Education
Wendy Kopp is one of education’s leading innovators. She founded Teach for America 25 years ago to help develop future leaders
‘“Teach for America recruits top recent college grads, young professionals, people we believe are the US’s most promising future leaders, and asks them to commit two years to teach in high need urban and rural communities,” says Kopp.

‘Tablets, computers, and other devices are no substitute for building enriching relationships in the classroom. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to replace just the kind of importance and power of personal relationships,” she says. “Whenever we’ve seen the kids in the most disadvantaged context truly excel, always it’s been in classrooms and in whole schools where there is a clear vision of where the kids have the potential to be.”…’
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