Does the Monkey have a Right to its Image?

‘Selfportrait’ by the macaque Naruto, 2011, Wikimedia

A court in San Francisco dealt with this issue until late 2018. The animal rights advocacy group PETA filed a lawsuit against the photographer David Slater for the rights to the picture a macaque took of itself in 2011. This monkey selfie opened up a discussion, and several lawsuits, on whether an animal has a claim to copyright and its proceeds. The court ruled that the monkey does not have legal standing to file the claim, since it’s not a person. The ruling raised issues about the limits of legal entity and juridical approach to objects and works of art created by non-humans. If a monkey presses the shutter release button or an algorithm produces a picture, who has the right to the resulting image?

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Carolin Behrmann (2019, 8. April). Does the Monkey have a Right to its Image? NOMOI. Abgerufen am 25. Mai 2024, von

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