To protect the moral rights, the German Copyright Act regulates the following related interests:
The publishing rights (§ 12 UrhG); according to the right of publication, an author may determine whether and how his/her work is published. If a collectively created work with several co-authors is concerned, this right may only be exercised jointly, cf. § 8 UrhG.
The recognition of authorship of the work and the question of whether the work must be supplied with a copyright notice and what labeling must be used (§ 13 UrhG). The author may remain anonymous or use a pseudonym without losing his/her right.
In case of a jointly developed dance performance, for example, each co-originator has the right to recognition of his/her authorship. Dancers who have made an independent creative contribution to the choreography are considered joint authors. However, dancers are usually considered performers, not originators/authors. As such, they have a right to be named, but if that would require a disproportionate effort, the dance company can be named instead.
The protection against distortion of the work or other damages (§ 14 UrhG). In visual arts, damages may arise from direct impact (painting over), as well as from placing the work into a distorting context.
In other disciplines this is the case, for example, when works are transformed – a composition is integrated into a dramatic work, a novel is transformed into a play, etc. Even if an adaptation right pursuant to § 23 UrhG was granted, an author may claim protection from distortion, if a significant reduction distorts the intended message of the work.
Access to works (originals or copies) to the extent that this access is required in order to make copies of a work or for adaptation of a work and does not conflict with the legitimate interests of the owner of the work (cf. § 25 UrhG).