Photographer and Wikimedia Currently Fighting Over Whether a Monkey Owns a Selfie

Monkey Selfie

Photographer David Slater is currently entangled with editors at Wikimedia Commons — a database featuring a large amount of “freely usable media files” — over whether a crested black macaque owns a photo it took of itself. The photo comes by way of a 2011 trip to an Indonesian national park taken by Slater. The monkey grabbed Slater’s unattended camera and proceeded to snap a number of photos. According to The Telegraph, the editors of Wikimedia Commons have argued that the copyright to the photo is owned by the monkey given that it took the picture.

Monkey Selfie

photos via David Slater and Caters News Agency by way of monkey

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