Monkey takes photo, TechDirt receives take down notice

While this is an extreme example of the craziness of copyright law, it is a very good discussion by TechDirt editor, Mike Masnick, about what is and what isn’t copyrightable. The comments especially illustrate the confusion that copyright creates. It is also just hilarious that Caters News Agency is trying to issue a take down notice to TechDirt, by saying they represent the photojournalist whose camera was borrowed by a macaque monkey, who took a self-portrait. I love when the agency says, “regardless of the issue of who does and doesn’t own the copyright – it is 100% clear that the copyright owner is not yourself”. Right, as though the monkey is the copyright holder… Total silliness.  I’ve put the articles in the order they appear on TechDirt.

Monkey Business: Can A Monkey License Its Copyrights To A News Agency?

Monkeys Don’t Do Fair Use; News Agency Tells Techdirt To Remove Photos

Can We Subpoena The Monkey? Why The Monkey Self-Portraits Are Likely In The Public Domain

Original article from the Daily Mail: Cheeky monkey! Macaque borrows photographer’s camera to take hilarious self-portraits


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