The UK Government is consulting on legislation which would give performers the same moral rights as those owned by authors of literary, musical, dramatic and artistic copyrights under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. These include the right to be identified as the author (or here performer) and to object to the derogatory treatment of a work (or here a performance). The new right could have important ramifications for screen credits and the right to object to derogatory treatment of a performance could impact on the producer’s right to edit programmes and performances. The changes result from the UK’s adherence to the WIPO Performances and Phonograms treaty.
Source: PACT Magazine March 2005