Who owns a Monkey Selfie, PETA says the monkey does!
In a widely publicized legal battle, PETA argued that a monkey that played with an unattended camera and took a picture of himself by intentionally fondling the camera, owned the rights to the picture of him looking at the camera. The owner of the camera has agreed to make a substantial contribution to charitable organizations that will benefit that and similar monkeys.
I think the entire exercise is PETA insanity in high gear. I saw the picture and if the camera’s owner hadn’t claimed the monkey took the picture himself, there would not be any way to tell he did. The monkey didn’t “intend”, “want to”, or even “know”, he took the picture, he fondled the camera and triggered the shutter.
Wild animals caught on critter cams do the same thing by triggering the motion sensor activated shutter, do they also own the resulting pictures? They are about as responsible for creating the picture as their wild counterparts who unintentionally and unknowingly wander into view of wildlife photographers.
Once again PETA has proven they are willing to tie up our courts and seriously wreck innocent people’s lives over issues that show their utter contempt for any Human that enjoys the company of, or in this any interaction with animals. There are many animal rescue groups I admire greatly but PETA is not one of them. They will never get a penny of my money.