If a monkey takes a selfie in a jungle, using equipment that doesn’t belong to him, does he own the rights to the photo? It’s a debate that intellectual property lawyers, scholars, and experts have been having for years—and not as a theoretical exercise.
As Jessica Silbey , a professor of law at Northeastern, tells it, this real controversy started nearly 10 years ago with Naruto, a macaque monkey from Indonesia, and a nature photographer named David Slater. Frustrated with the way his photos were coming out, Slater set up his camera in a way that encouraged a group of […]
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