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COLOMBIA

COPYRIGHT AUTHORITY PROTECTED THE MORAL RIGHTS OF A PHOTOGRAPHER

The Copyright Authority protected the moral rights of a photographer named Marcus Ingo Rudolf who had an agreement with the Montessori School of Cartagena (Colombia) to take some photographs which were going to be used by the school for advertising purposes.

 

Although the school and the photographer had reached that agreement since he failed to pay his children’s tuition, he claimed that the school infringed his moral rights by not naming him as the author of the photographs when they were used in its website.

The Montessori School claimed ownership of all copyrights. However, the Copyright Authority clarified that the holder of economic rights must respect all moral rights and that the author’s name should have been included next to all photographs.