In the contract I was just reviewing my author was asked to waive their right of integrity. This was from a publisher I haven’t dealt with before, and I haven’t seen it previously referenced, so I looked it up. Turns out it’s part of the “moral rights” and defined as: “The right of integrity bars intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification of a work if that distortion is likely to harm the author’s reputation, and prevents the destruction of any work of recognized stature.” (from Moral Rights Basics by Betsy Rosenblatt, Harvard Law School)
And it would have been the last contract on my desk, too, if another one hadn’t shown up in my fax machine this morning. Onwards!