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Monkey makes human lose copyright, Wikipedia decides

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Self-portrait by a female crested black macaque; rotated and cropped by David Slater.

Self-portrait by a female crested black macaque; rotated and cropped by David Slater.

When a British photographer was taking pictures in Indonesia a few years ago, a “quite mischievous” crested black macaque grabbed a camera and shot hundreds of images.

Now David J. Slater has lost copyright of one of those selfies on Wikipedia precisely because he lost possession of the camera, the Telegraph reports.

Slater’s problem started when Wikipedia Commons, an online database of more than 22 million free-to-use photos, added the monkey selfie to its site.

Although Slater cited his copyright and asked for the picture to be removed, Wikipedia editors decided that no one owned the copyright because the images were taken by a non-human.

The monkey’s self-portrait remains on Wikipedia Commons.

Read more at the Telegraph.

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