A Monkey, a Blogger, and a News Agency Walk into a Bar . . .


TechDirt published a post a couple of weeks ago about a monkey that took some photos. TechDirt explored whether the monkey could own or assign the copyright in the photos. It is worth surfing over to see one of the self-portraits, and the commentary is interesting. Just last week, TechDirt reported that it had received a take-down request from Caters News Agency to remove the photos. This may be interesting to watch further to see what happens.

Copyright is a complex area of law, but there are some general rules in the U.S. that are useful to commit to memory. One of these regards "authorship" and initial ownership of a copyrighted work:

Copyright in a work protected under [Title 17 of the U.S. Code] vests initially in the author or authors of the work.

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