If a Monkey Takes a Photograph, Who Has The Copyright?

The Scholarly Kitchen

Monkey riding a dog Not the monkey photo in question, but still a really compelling image, and at least in this case, one where the creator has granted reuse rights (Image courtesy of Joel Telling via https://secure.flickr.com/photos/joeltelling/69492277/ )

Monkey Copyright… of all the juxtapositions of words; I never thought I’d be entering that particular two word combination into Google. This particular search combo was prompted by (what else) a selection of updates in my twitter feed about a monkey that took a selfie and a takedown notice for the photo in question. Over here it’s ‘Silly Season‘ so my initial assumption was that this was either a hoax, or the particularly florid work of some overheated PR company attempting to corner the press cycle for some film or other.

Nope, monkey copyright is the latest entry in the debate about what can or cannot be copyrighted. Or to be more accurate…

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