Thursday, August 7, 2014
Who Owns a Monkey Selfie?
YOU be the judge!
Selfies, everyone seems to be taking them these days…even monkeys. And, a big legal fight is going on over just WHO owns a particular monkey selfie.
A wildlife photographer taking pictures of black macaques on the island of Indonesia had his camera swiped by one of the monkeys he was photographing.The monkey took lots and lots of pictures, with its selfie being remarkably clear. The monkey selfie went viral over the internet and one site, Wikipedia, posted the photograph without the photographer’s permission.
The website says that the selfie was in the public domain and not owned by the photographer. The reasoning that non-humans have no rights to ownership. The photographer says the black macaque used his camera, so the photograph belongs to him. Perhaps, the photograph is that of the monkey that took the photograph? If you were the judge deciding this case, how would you rule and why?
NOTE: Photograph from brisbanetimes.com.au