Hot! Monkey Selfies’ Can’t be Copyrighted in Policy Update

Monkey SelfieAccording to the ABA Journal, the U.S. Copyright Office updated its rules and regulations to specify that works produced by nature, animals, or plants don’t qualify for copyright protection.

In an effort to spell out its policy for the ever-evolving digital age, the Office gave real-life examples of works that cannot be copyrighted, such as a mural painted by an elephant, a song authored by the Holy Spirit, and a photograph taken by a monkey.

The ABA Journal reports that the monkey example points to the ongoing a legal battle between nature photographer David Slater and Wikimedia Commons over the rights of photographs taken by a monkey using Slater’s camera, including several monkey selfies.

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