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“Can a monkey own the copyright to an image, or does it belong to the photographer who set up the shot?” Here are your replies from Facebook... photo, but Wikimedia’s idea (more, I suppose, to get exposure than anything else) is like saying that any photo taken is the property of the camera’s manufacturer and not the photographer.

Ryan Paraggio

Wanda L Andras The rights belong to the camera owner.

Nadine Lianne Spires I don’t know what the monkey would do with the rights to the

Even if the monkey owned the copyright instead, it’s not like he licensed it to Wikimedia anyway. Either way they are in the wrong.

Melissa Keeney I think if it were a human that took the selfie, it would belong to that person, but since it’s an animal that doesn’t have the same rights or ‘person-ship’ as a human

then ownership should pass onto the human who owns the device the picture was taken with.

Paul Tickle Been watching this discussion for a week or so now – at last, some sensible comments. Some renowned photographers strap cameras to animals to create pictures – they are still theirs.

Henrik Holm Brask Well, in a studio (or even in the field) a photographer can have an assistant who actually fires the camera; it’s not the assistant but the photographer who owns the right in those cases, so it’s the same thing...

Karl Hodge The law clearly states that copyright resides with the *person* that creates the image (or other work). A monkey is not a person, so it cannot have rights conferred to it. The argument, then, is what happens to those rights? There could be an argument that they pass into the public domain.

Richard S Tadman The monkey has no legal capacity to contract nor make rational decisions on the use of the image. If I was [the photographer] David Slater I would argue that I was the monkey’s agent and play Wikimedia at their own game.

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