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Petty PETA rapped by judges over monkey selfie copyright stunt


Re: "Why's that then?"

Re: "Why's that then?"

'Possession is nine tenths of the law' doesn't really apply to copyright. Just because the monkey cannot make a copyright claim, it doesn't follow that the copyright 'falls back' to Slater. There's no 'Well, darnit, SOMEBODY has to own the copyright ...'

Or at least, I assume that's what the Wikipedia Foundation would claim, and it's a defensible - but very tricky to prove - position :)

If Slater does go on to prove he did everything creatively necessary, and all the monkey did was press the button, then frankly the photo isn't really worth all that much. The sole 'selling point' of the photo was really that 'the monkey took it' - if Slater goes on to prove that wasn't the case he's devalued it quite a lot.

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