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Friday Factoid: Who Owns the Copyright When a Monkey Takes Its Own Picture?

Human creativity is required to create a copyright protected image. This concept was recently tested by wildlife photographer David Slater. Slater claimed he owned the copyright in a photograph taken of a macaque monkey by the monkey who stole the camera from Slater’s tent. Unfortunately for the photographer of this now-famous image, copyright laws do not protect the IP rights of animals. Source: NBC News Jon Wachs websiteIf you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: | 301.575.0302 If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoid® in your inbox click here.