Ongoing dispute over who owns rights to “monkey selfie”

monkey selfie

(WTNH) — There’s a growing controversy involving a British photographer over who owns the rights to what’s being called a “monkey selfie.”

Photographer David Slater said the Crested Black Macaque managed to take a picture of itself while playing with Slater’s equipment. It happened in 2011 in Indonesia. Slater said it was an accident and later sold the picture all over the world.

Now, Slater is accusing Wikipedia of posting the picture on its site without his permission and claims the copyright is his. He believes the website is trying to convince him that the monkey owns the rights to the photo, since it took the picture.

However, Wikipedia says they’ve been very clear that they think nobody owns the copyright. Site officials posted the disclaimer, “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.”

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