In the UK, moral rights are an integral part of copyright law. They differ from other aspects of copyright law because they are personal to the author and are therefore not the same as ‘economic’ rights. That is, moral rights cannot be said to have a direct financial value. Their emphasis is on maintaining the integrity and inviolability of a work, rather than protecting it’s economic value.
However, Photographers may find that lack of respect for their moral rights can damage their reputation, ultimately affecting the financial return from their work.
As moral rights are personal to the photographer, they cannot be assigned to someone else unlike copyright. Photographers can only assert moral rights or give them up.