Who owns this photoMan or Monkey?
Self-portraits taken by Indonesian monkeys has sparked a dispute. It's between Wikipedia and a British wildlife photographer. He isn't happy that the popular images are being used for free.
This is called a copyright dispute. A copyright is the right to ownership. The creator (for instance, the photographer or the author of a book) can receive compensation for their effort.
Photographer David Slater complained. But Wikipedia rejected his requests for the images to be removed from the website. Slater said he owns the copyright to the images of crested black macaque monkeys. The pictures were taken in the Indonesian jungle in 2011.
Slater told the BBC that the monkeys pressed the button. But he had set up the self-portraits. He framed them and set the camera on a tripod.
"It required a large input from myself," he said.
But Wikimedia Foundation disagreed. The group behind the free information-sharing site argued that Slater didn't own the copyright to the photos. That's because he didn't take the images.
The images are currently free for use and downloading at Wikimedia Commons, the group's database of images and video clips.
Slater said copyright laws should be updated to address cases like his.