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Monkey business over copyright

By Melissa Higham - 8 Aug 2014

Copyright might not be something that you consider everyday - but it comes up more often than you think. Just be glad that you are not the photographer who thought he owned this photo.

MonkeyWikipedia apparently claim the photographer does not own the copyright in the photo as it was actually the monkey that pushed the button on the camera.  Under US Law a non-human cannot own copyright.  Therefore they say no one owns it.

This might be a timely reminder that before you release any work (whether written or photographic) into the public domain, you get advice on the copyright issues which might arise - so you don't end up arguing at a later date like this poor bloke did!  Or alternatively you might want to think about not delegating the easy stuff (like pushing the button)!

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Melissa Higham


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