The right of attribution provides that the creator of a work should be known as author of the work whenever:
- a literary, dramatic or musical work is reproduced, published, performed, communicated or adapted
- an artistic work is reproduced, published, exhibited or communicated
- a film is copied, exhibited or transmitted (ss 194–195 Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act)).
The author must be identified in a clear and reasonably prominent way (s 195AA Copyright Act).
The right of attribution would be infringed in the following practical examples:
- A television program uses a musical work without the composer being mentioned in the credits as author of the music or the lyrics.
- A writer submits an article to a magazine for publication, some parts of the body of article are altered by the publisher, and the article is then published without reference to the writer.
- An artist buys a painting by another artist and superimposes his own signature over the original artist’s signature before selling it on.