“Monkeys Don’t Own Copyrights”: Wikimedia Denies Claim of British Photographer To Monkey Selfie

Who owns the #copyright to monkey’s #selfie?
@Wikimedia denies photographer’s takedown request.


monkey_selfieIt may be the best picture British nature photographer David Slater never took. Slater was on a three-day trip to the Indonesian forest in 2011 when a macaque monkey grabbed his camera and took this selfie. Indeed, the monkey took hundreds of pictures. Some of those pictures were distributed on the Wikimedia Commons website. Slater demanded that it be taken down as copyrighted material. However, Wikimedia refused on the grounds that a monkey took the picture, not Slater.

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