Thursday, 7 August 2014

Macaque Selfie

This selfie by a female Crested Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) taken in an Indonesian forest in 2011 has caused a copyright rumpus. The macaque used British wildlife photographer David Slater's camera to take her selfie. Slater claims he owns the copyright to the photo, but Wikimedia Commons and its parent organisation the Wikimedia Foundation dispute this. As an animal can't own the copyright of a photo it takes, the macaque's selfie is in the public domain, much to Slater's annoyance. It cost him a packet to visit Indonesia to photo this threatened species and he's now in debt. But think of all the publicity this monkey has given him (CLICK).


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