Wikimedia Votes To Decide Who Owns Monkey Selfie
Wikimedia, the US-based organisation behind Wikipedia, is putting to a vote whether to keep up or take down the now-famous “monkey selfie” which sparked a global copyright debate. The site is locked in a dispute with British wildlife photographer David Slater, after it refused to remove the image of a grinning macaque, claiming he does not own the rights to it. Wikimedia said members of its community will now decide if the photo should remain in the public domain or not, in a case which could see photographers potentially lose rights to their own selfies in future. Mr Slater, from Gloucestershire, was taking photos of crested black macaques on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2011 when the animals began to investigate his equipment and inadvertently took pictures of themselves. Much to his dismay, the images made headlines around the world, and were used on a number of websites, newspapers, magazines and television shows. It was then published on the Wikimedia Commons site, which features a collection of over 22 million images and video files that are free to use by anyone online. In early 2012, Mr Slater officially asked Wikimedia to take down the image. It was removed, but was later added again by another user and has remained on Wikimedia Commons.
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