Copyright Monkey Business [Digital Photo Pro]

Samuel Lewis, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property department, discusses a recent photo copyright case on Digital Photo Pro. How does a monkey own a copyright? While this may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, for UK-based photographer David Slater, the question is far from funny. In 2015, Slater and others were sued for copyright infringement on behalf of a monkey. A lawsuit was filed claiming that a monkey created a photograph and is therefore the owner of the copyrights to the image. To add insult to injury, the photograph that Slater and others are accused of infringing is one that Slater claims to own.

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