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August 07, 2014


Wikimedia, the US-based organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to remove one of his images which is used online without his permission, claiming that because a monkey pressed the shutter button it should own the copyright.


(Thanks to Janice Gelb)


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It (he, she?) looks like my uncle Leon.

Pretty sure that's a nude selfie.

enterprising ape - he should start his own monkey business

It's a woman, ligirl. Everyone thinks monkeys are male, by default. We must end this sexism.

Womonkey, rather.

Jar-Jar Binks came to mind. Or per Elon, Jarette-Jarette Binks. How wooooooode.

mea culpa, Elon

er, in the case of the she-monkey: meacaca

She has a lovely smile.

And they think the monkey won't sue...?

Sorry, the Telegraph (and other sites) got it wrong. Wikimedia claims "This file is in the public domain, because as the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested." In other words, no-one holds the copyright because monkey's can't.

Ack! Make that "monkeys", no apostrophe.

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