"The U.S. Copyright office clarified last year that it only registers copyright claims for human authorship, meaning that neither the macaque, nor the nature photographer David Slater, have a valid claim to it, according to the office. That clarification came after a years-long disagreement between Slater and Wikimedia Commons, which hosted the image in the public domain. Slater said he should own the rights to the photograph, telling The Washington Post last year that the selfie's distribution by Wikimedia and Techdirt as public domain was "ruining my business." "If it was a normal photograph and I had claimed I had taken it," he added, "I would potentially be a lot richer than I am.""
Thursday, November 12, 2015
The monkey 'selfie' copyright battle is still going on, and it's getting weirder; Washington Post via Chicago Tribune, 11/11/15
Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post via Chicago Tribune; The monkey 'selfie' copyright battle is still going on, and it's getting weirder: