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Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

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80 Right to object to derogatory treatment of work.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The author of a copyright literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, and the director of a copyright film, has the right in the circumstances mentioned in this section not to have his work subjected to derogatory treatment.

(2)For the purposes of this section—

(a)treatment” of a work means any addition to, deletion from or alteration to or adaptation of the work, other than—

(i)a translation of a literary or dramatic work, or

(ii)an arrangement or transcription of a musical work involving no more than a change of key or register; and

(b)the treatment of a work is derogatory if it amounts to distortion or mutilation of the work or is otherwise prejudicial to the honour or reputation of the author or director;

and in the following provisions of this section references to a derogatory treatment of a work shall be construed accordingly.

(3)In the case of a literary, dramatic or musical work the right is infringed by a person who—

(a)publishes commercially, performs in public [F1or communicates to the public] a derogatory treatment of the work; or

(b)issues to the public copies of a film or sound recording of, or including, a derogatory treatment of the work.

(4)In the case of an artistic work the right is infringed by a person who—

(a)publishes commercially or exhibits in public a derogatory treatment of the work, [F2or communicates to the public] a visual image of a derogatory treatment of the work,

(b)shows in public a film including a visual image of a derogatory treatment of the work or issues to the public copies of such a film, or

(c)in the case of—

(i)a work of architecture in the form of a model for a building,

(ii)a sculpture, or

(iii)a work of artistic craftsmanship,

issues to the public copies of a graphic work representing, or of a photograph of, a derogatory treatment of the work.

(5)Subsection (4) does not apply to a work of architecture in the form of a building; but where the author of such a work is identified on the building and it is the subject of derogatory treatment he has the right to require the identification to be removed.

(6)In the case of a film, the right is infringed by a person who—

(a)shows in public [F1or communicates to the public] a derogatory treatment of the film; or

(b)issues to the public copies of a derogatory treatment of the film,

F3. . .

(7)The right conferred by this section extends to the treatment of parts of a work resulting from a previous treatment by a person other than the author or director, if those parts are attributed to, or are likely to be regarded as the work of, the author or director.

(8)This section has effect subject to sections 81 and 82 (exceptions to and qualifications of right).

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F3Words in s. 80(6) omitted (1.1.1996) by virtue of S.I. 1995/3297, reg. 9(2) (with Pt. III)

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