Moral Rights PART II

The purpose of the previous post was not to say ‘Oh well, missed out this time around, I’ve learned my lesson, next time I’ll make sure I talk to my client about moral rights, it won’t happen again’.

While I was composing the post I was also in contact with my client and Alice Blackwood, the writer of the article.

To Alice it began with a tweet reply to a photo she had posted of the space:

@aliceblackwood bit slow on the pick up but unhappy not to be credited for my design work here 😦

A bit lame in retrospect, but I was treading cautiously and nervously – unsure how best to approach her, unsure about whether I was over-reacting or not.

However once it was put out there my concerns were almost immediately addressed by Alice.

We ended the day of back and forth messages and emails with a phone call discussing issues of attribution and how this is particular rife in the more fickle retail design sector, how we could explore the topic in more detail in a further article, online vs print publication and when we could meet for a coffee to talk about all of this and my work as well.

Oh and with regard to the article, it was an oversight that can easily be amended.

It’s funny, I have spoken with many architect friends about this. They often have their own story to tell, how they were pissed off but didn’t do anything about it.  Or they retell the story of someone they know and how they can’t believe it happened.  Or they just complain about us being ‘too polite’ not ‘fierce’ enough as individuals and as a profession.

It could also be that not being credited makes us feel like we have failed, and no one wants to talk about that, right?

Moral of the story of Moral Rights:
Question the omission – it is more than likely an oversight or error.  The beauty of on-line content is that it can be easily fixed.
And remember to have that conversation with your client!

Share your story and/or follow up on that incident that’s been eating away at you and let me know how you go.

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2 thoughts on “Moral Rights PART II

  1. Warwick Mihaly

    Thanks for sharing your story, Shelley, and glad to hear you had the issue addressed. I posted an article about this subject to our blog at the end of 2012. It wasn’t so much about our experience, but broader commentary about the profession. You can read the article here: The invisible profession. Thinking about this issue and, in fact, being approached about an article I wrote with unreferenced images, has made us change our approach to blog writing. We now reference all photos and, where possible, provide back links to their authors. What goes around comes around I reckon.

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  2. shelleymfreeman Post author

    ‘The Invisible Profession’ – an excellent article, Warwick! I can only again encourage all architects + building designers to follow up where they come across their work not being attributed. This also means we need to look out for each other.

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