Monkey Does Not Own Copyright to Selfie

This 2011 photo provided by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shows a selfie taken by a macaque monkey on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi with a camera that was positioned by British nature photographer David Slater. The photo was part of a court exhibit in a lawsuit filed by PETA in San Francisco last September.

I thought I would post a lighter article I found on copyright, an area which can be a bit of a dull subject at times.  I found this CBC article from January this year about a court case in San Francisco where the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sought to represent a now famous monkey who took a selfie of itself with the camera of a British nature photographer.  PETA’s aim was to administer all the proceeds from the photos for the benefit of the monkey, not the photographer.  It is a great photo and was an interesting twist on the debate around copyright rules and the ownership of the property and whether it would extend to our intelligent cousins.  Thoughts?

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