British photographer faces photo copyright battle with Wikimedia over macaque's selfie

British photographer faces photo copyright battle with Wikimedia over macaque's

In a recent report, London's Telegraph has revealed that British wildlife photographer David Slater faces photo copyright battle with Wikimedia Commons over a selfie clicked by a monkey with his 'hijacked' camera.

Wikimedia is a US-based organisation behind Wikipedia, and is a copyright-free online collection of over 22 million images and videos which anyone can use without paying royalties.

The macaque selfie over which Slater has taken legal action against Wikimedia was clicked by a monkey who 'hijacked' Slater's camera when he was capturing the pictures of the crested black macaque on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2011.

The camera was recovered by Slater, who found hundreds of the macaque's 'selfies,' including one of a grinning female macaque. The amazing picture quickly spread around the world, appearing on newspapers, magazines, websites, and TV shows.

While Slater is arguing that the macaque's selfie is his and that the photo was used by Wikimedia without his permission; Wikimedia claims that since the photo was clicked by a non-human animal, it is thus not subject to copyright.

Noting that the issue revolves around "technicality," Slater said: "I own the photo but because the monkey pressed the trigger and took the photo, they (Wikimedia) are claiming the monkey owns the copyright. There's a lot more to copyright than who pushes the trigger on the camera. I set up the shot, I was behind all the components in taking that image."


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