The short story: In 2011 photographer David Slater was in Indonesia. A monkey grabbed his camera and took a selfie. When media got hold of the news, and used the photo, Slater claimed copyright.
Now the photo is part of the royalty free photo database Wikimedia Commons. And Slater fights hard to get it out of there. Meanwhile, this has cost the photographer around €13.000,-, still claiming he has the copyright: “A monkey pressed the button, but I made all the preparations. For every 10.000 photos I take, only one can earn me enough money to live off. This was such a picture.”
Ah, finally the monkey is out of the bag, it’s about money. As always. Slater sees one of his photo becoming very popular, but receiving no money in return.
He will undoubtedly continue fighting over the copyright issue. Just because a monkey, legally, cannot have copyright on the picture (since it’s an animal), doesn’t necessarily mean Slater does.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons / or © Unnamed monkey / or: © David Slater
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