The monkeys and the selfies

Monkey Selfie

Animals can not be authors; No matter how tender they are.

Label: Copyright

In 2014 David Slater sued Wikipedia for usurping and using without authorization the photo of a monkey in Indonesia getting a selfie.

The short story is that he was not right. For copyright, only humans can be holders of rights. The monkey might not know what he was doing. David Slater was a professional nature photographer, he was the owner of the camera. But the creation of the photo was beyond his control.
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You do not have to register your works; But you should

Registration of works

A work is yours since it is externalized. It is not necessary to register it. So why register your works?

Label: Copyright


There are 3 reasons:

  1. If someone asks you to prove that you are the owner.
  2. As a test document if there is any dispute about the work.
  3. As part of the works management process.

In the copyright should not exist formalities for a person to have rights over the works he creates. The record only gives you a document to prove it. Although, it is worth highlighting, that the record is the best document to prove it.
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