When Monkeys are Better Photographers than Humans are Lawyers

When a monkey takes a picture of itself, who owns the copyright? As a recent TechDirt article explains:

…It seems pretty clear that under copyright law in the US and the UK, the photograph is in the public domain. They were not created by a human. The creative inputs into the image were not made by a human. There is no copyright on those images. And yet, Slater apparently licensed them to Caters News Agency, who sent us a takedown request. We stand by our assertion that the images are in the public domain, and even if they’re not, our use is covered by fair use rules within copyright law.

In the spirit of the “fair use/open domain” argument, here’s a monkey self portrait from the shoot:

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