Dawson: Limits and moral copyright responsibility

A good read from Ted Dawson as he questions the limits of protection, respect, and moral responsibility of copyright.

While many countries still permit Work for Hire, which removes a writer or artist’s authorship, other countries enforce what they call Moral Rights. Moral rights protect the creator’s right of attribution to and integrity of her work. Some go further; France reverts all rights and ownership of a work to the creator after a certain period of time. Is the US taking a step backward by introducing legislation that, rather than automatically protecting a copyright holder, will put the onus on the artist rather than the unauthorized user?