Post

No More Monkey Business: Court Rejects Monkey Selfie Copyright Case

February 2, 2016 #Monkey Selfie , Copyright , Copyright Reform

For us over at Public Knowledge, the monkey selfie case has been more fun than a barrel of, well, monkeys. The case started when a Celebes crested macaque stole a camera from a traveling British photographer and, in the course of monkeying around with the camera, took a particularly attractive picture of itself. The photographer said that he owned the copyright in the photo; the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals responded with a lawsuit on behalf of the monkey, claiming that the monkey was the true owner of the copyright.

Read More
Post

Monkey Selfie Crying Wolf

December 11, 2014 #Monkey Selfie , Copyright , Copyright Reform

You may recall the strange affair of the monkey selfie, which resurfaced this past summer with the release of Wikimedia’s transparency report. A little after that story became news, I wrote a blog post to make a point about the photo’s authorship, and something people were getting wrong in their analysis. Yesterday, we received this email:

Read More
Post

“Nobody” Can’t Hold a Copyright, Which Means Sometimes, Nobody Holds a Copyright

August 6, 2014 #Monkey Selfie , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Public Domain

Why is it hard to believe that a monkey selfie can be in the public domain? Probably because we have a hard time recognizing that some things just can’t be owned by anybody.

Read More