Monkey selfies not protected by copyright!

Monkey selfies not protected by copyright!

Monkey selfies not protected by copyright!

Interesting legal discussions erupted over TechDirt’s 2011 fair use publication of an unusual self-portrait: see the 2011 article describing the image’s creation. Bizarre but true!  Because this photo (accidentally snapped by the macaque shown) had no human ‘creator,’ the US Copyright Office ruled that the camera’s owner could not claim copyright of the image.

Ape rights will have to wait until the day they take over the Earth, like in Planet of the Apes.

The Telegraph reported Thursday that the U.S. Copyright Office announced that it will not issue copyrights to any picture taken by a nonhuman. The Copyright Office issued updated rules and regulations earlier in the week that spelled out its policy on copyright protections in the digital age.

“The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals or plants,” the public draft of the new regulations read.

Read more here…

Thank you, @LarryBodine, for tweeting a link to the article above!

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