*Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! If this don’t beat all!
Today.com tells the story about the court battle over the rights to a “Simian selfie.”
You heard right.
A photographer apparently went to a jungle and left camera equipment for the monkeys, who actually did take pictures of themselves.
Of course, in the “monetize everything” world that we live in, the argument now becomes, who owns the photos? The photographer whose equipment was used? The monkeys?
What to do. What to do?
The battle apparently started when the photos were posted on Wikipedia, and they refused to pat for them.
“If a monkey takes a photo, it doesn’t have copyright, so the image is in the public domain” says Wikipedia spokesperson, Katherine Maher.
But David Slater, the photographer who owns the equipment the monkey used, does not agree with this assessment.
“In law, if I have an assistant and the assistant presses the camera on my behalf, I still own the copyright. It’s no different than what happened here. I believe that the case that we have is that the monkey was my assistant,” Slater said (with a straight face, no less).
The Today.com reporter says that the monkey may have Ellen DeGeneres, who took the world’s most star-studded selfie at last years’ Academy Awards, to thank. In that case, legal experts died with actor Bradley Cooper, because he actually had a finger on the button that took the picture.
It’s so hard to take this serious. We’ll see what happens and let you know.