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Wikipedia refuses to delete monkey selfie

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:11 PM

Wikimedia, the organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer's repeated requests to remove one of his images which is used online without his permission, claiming that because a monkey pressed the shutter button it owns the copyright.

http://www.telegraph...ey-owns-it.html

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:14 PM

Technically the owner of the monkey owns the copyright because legally, in almost all countries, the monkey is a thing.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:24 PM

This situation reminds me of another topic on this board:

http://www.unexplain...howtopic=265693

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:24 PM

Would a court of law acknowledge that an animal can own copyright?  Dont think so

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:33 PM

View Postseeder, on 06 August 2014 - 02:24 PM, said:

Would a court of law acknowledge that an animal can own copyright?  Dont think so

No, but the owner of the animal. See above.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:36 PM

I just love the facial expression and smile on those two pictures. :lol:

Edited by EllJay, 06 August 2014 - 02:37 PM.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:42 PM

I'd say that that is but monkey business for you ~

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:55 PM

That'll be a primate facie case then....Boom boom!

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 03:36 PM

View PostEllJay, on 06 August 2014 - 02:36 PM, said:

I just love the facial expression and smile on those two pictures. :lol:

I think it's amazing that the animal was intelligent enough to smile for the second photo. Animals are amazing sometimes.

But in this case I do believe Wikimedia is being a bit stupid.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:04 PM

the photographer owns the camera, and so forth


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:09 PM

View PostYes_Man, on 06 August 2014 - 04:04 PM, said:

the photographer owns the camera, and so forth

Owning the camera, pencil or brush does not make you a copyright holder unless there is a contract with the artist specifying that. (At least not i.a. with current laws)

I would like to see that....

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:22 AM

Mistook them for CGI images at first...

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