We know that Monkeys See, Monkeys perform acts but what if Monkey takes a Selfie, who will own the copyrights to the Selfie? Strange question but Yeah this question has created an igniting and flickering dispute between the Wikipedia Foundation and a wildlife photographer.
As we all know that Wikipedia is popular for sharing free information over the web and a British Wildlife photographer has seemed to have lodged a complaint against this most popular foundation for having stolen his images. The photographer David Slater says that that Selfie images of crested black macaque Indonesian Monkeys on their website should be removed as he owns the copyrights to the same. The images were clicked in 2011 and the photographer claims that Wikipedia is using these popular images free of cost without his permission.
David Slater told BBC that though it is the monkeys who might have pressed the camera button but the credit to the images goes to him as it was he who set the camera on the tripod and managed to set the self portraits for the Indonesian monkeys by framing them. David further added to this saying that “It is not the monkey who stole the camera, ran behind the bush and clicked the pictures. There was lot of effort required from my end for these amazing pictures.
Nevertheless, Wikipedia foundation has rejected the request made my David saying that he did not own copyrights to these photos as he has not clicked them. They further justified their statement by saying that nobody owns rights to these images because as per the US laws “Copyright is not applicable to Non-Human authors (referring to monkeys in this case).
The Wikipedia group mentioned in a report that they have researched this claim on a serious note from both ends and come to the conclusion that if the copyright of a work does not belong to humans then it is categorized as Public and in this case Monkeys being non humans the images fall into the public domain and nobody owns the copyrights to the same.
Katherine Maher, a spokesperson at Wikimedia told that the photographer has requested for the removal of the images in January but it grabbed the attention of the audience after the first transparency report was out on Wednesday.
As of now these images are available for download free of cost from Wikimedia Commons which is a database of Wikimedia’s video clips and images. However David Slater is not satisfied with this justification and states that the Laws must be updated to address such concerns.
Via : abcnews