How An Ape Selfie Caused Trouble Between Photographer And Wikipedia

How  An Ape Selfie Caused  Trouble Between Photographer And Wikipedia
Humans take selfie and post on different social media for the world to see and animals have started emulating man in this act.

We have seen an elephant take its first selfie and here we are with an endangered ape that had grabbed the camera of a nature photographer, David Slater and started taking pictures.

But there is a little trouble, David was in Indonesia when this happened and he has found some of these pictures on Wikipedia and wants the pictures down.

But Wikipedia wouldn’t take it down without taking a vote, this is because it was an ape that took the selfie and not David…Who owns the camera then?

Mr Slater said: "When I saw the picture I was just stunned. It was made even better when the story was picked up and it made thousands of people around the world happy.

"I had letters of congratulations from people as far as Iraq saying I'd made their day."

Tomasz Kozlowski who reposted the picture said that under U.S. law any picture taken by an animal cannot have copyright.

Mr Kozlowski said: “The work did not originate from Mr Slater as by his own admission he did not take the picture, the monkey did. However monkeys can’t and don’t own copyrights.”

He added: "He has never held copyright to this picture. It wouldn't have been famous if it hadn't been taken by the monkey."

Mr Slater said: "It makes me very angry, I'm a professional photographer - it costs me over £2,000 to do the trip. It's my livelihood.

"You take 20,000 shots to get one image that sells, it was potentially a good earner for me, I've lost over £10,000 pounds because of it.


5 years ago