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    Monkey owns Selfie Copyright!

    PETA steps in and the poor photographer whose gear was used by theft by the monkey is deemed screwed

    Just saw this on TV 5 minutes ago.

    If you have a monkey keep a close eye on him/her and lock up your cameras!

    PPA help!
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    Re: Monkey owns Selfie Copyright!

    Well, obviously, the photographer should have hade the monkey sign a release.
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    Re: Monkey owns Selfie Copyright!

    If the photographer had a release from that monkey, what is going to happen?

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    Re: Monkey owns Selfie Copyright!

    sin eater

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    Re: Monkey owns Selfie Copyright!

    Isn't there an issue here with model releases?

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    Re: Monkey owns Selfie Copyright!

    Randy,

    What exactly did you see? The PETA lawsuit (Naruto v. David John Slater et al.) doesnít look itís even on the calendar yet.

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    Re: Monkey owns Selfie Copyright!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Conrad View Post
    Randy,

    What exactly did you see? The PETA lawsuit (Naruto v. David John Slater et al.) doesnít look itís even on the calendar yet.
    I saw it on WGN OTA 9.1 TV show, "Crime Watch" at 3pm CDT today in Chicago.
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    Re: Monkey owns Selfie Copyright!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Conrad View Post
    What exactly did you see? The PETA lawsuit (Naruto v. David John Slater et al.) doesnít look itís even on the calendar yet.
    I understand that PETA's lawyer is taking the case ProBongo.

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    Re: Monkey owns Selfie Copyright!

    This was on CNN a couple of weeks ago. The issue seems to be media companies, etc. trying to weasel out of paying the photographer royalties for the shot. They maintain that since the photographer didn't click the shutter himself, but just let the monkey play with the camera, that the resulting photograph wasn't taken by him, and therefore, he owns no rights to it. Whether the monkey owns the rights or the photo ends up in public domain or, as it should be, the photographer gets to retain rights hasn't been decided yet.

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    Re: Monkey owns Selfie Copyright!

    I hope if there is any release from the monkey that he throws it at the lawyers!

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