U.S. Copyright Office Says Monkey Self-Portraits Are Public Domain

monkeyselfieIn news that will disappoint monkey photographers nationwide, a draft report from the U.S. Copyright Office seems to make the regulators’ opinion pretty clear on the question of who holds the copyright for a photo — or any work — created by an animal.

…And that seems to be the standing of the U.S. Copyright Office. In its vast, 1,200-page draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition [PDF], it states:

“The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the Office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy(ies) state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit.”

Read the full article @ The Consumerist.

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