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Jul/11

My View on the Photo 'Taken' By A Monkey


It is alleged that this photo is a self-portrait, taken by a macaque, after the photographer left his camera unattended.  Then websites reproduced the photo and a protest letter was sent, and there was discussion here and here as to who owned copyright, if any, in the photo (assuming there’s no human authorship).

This is what I think: I think macaques have fairly long canines (or fangs as I would call them). So this guy is either missing his fangs or there is at least a little human authorship to this photo.

An article about the Statute of Anne-imals here.  Also worth reading about animal authorship:  “When Pigasso Met Mootisse” which I’ve read to my kids about a million times.

And what about works created by robots?

 

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