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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! There are a lot of possible things that can occur when a camera is given to a monkey. The monkey could throw it away, try to eat it or well --- take a selfie.

Back in 2011, a monkey took a selfie with nature photographer David Slater’s camera and the image went viral but there was a problem. 

Slater wanted to have the image copyrighted but you can't copyright something that is not yours. The image was snapped by the monkey after it stole Slater's camera, therefore most people will say that the black macaque owns the copyright.

The image has been shared all over the web without Slater's permission and is even being used on the Wikipedia page for the species. 

There are a lot of notions about who owns the copyright to the image but Wikipedia insists that Slater can’t be the owner of the image since he didn't take the picture, the monkey did. It’s a proper monkey selife, says Wikipedia, and it should be in the public domain.

The notion that the monkey owns the copyright has been dispelled but there is still all kinds of confusion about who owns the image. Slater says he owns it, Wikipedia says no one owns it, and the monkey has declined to comment.

The confusion continues.

I can understand why Slater is angry. No credit was really given to him for the photo and for a picture that went that viral he could have gotten a lot of new fans and clients from it. But at the end of the day, the brilliance of the photo had absolutely nothing to do with him. It was all by the hands of the black marque. If anyone deserves credit for the image, it's the monkey. I'm just saying. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.