Thursday, February 24, 2005

Moral Rights to Edit Overzealous Editors

At the moment I'm in the final draft of an article and I've got some good, positive interaction with my editor about it. However, there are some writers, especially journalists, that are confronted with overzealous editing practices that leave their works butchered to be printed. Apparently the Australian Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance is taking it up with an editor for hacking articles to bits, chewing them up and spitting them out in mutilated disarray. The alliance sees a way to bend copyright and get back at the over-editing: "reporters hold a moral copyright in their work, and detrimental changes could lead to legal actions involving financial compensation and a public apology." The author of this article points out the caveats in this approach. But then, maybe it was his editor who did so.

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