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Monkey selfies can't be copyrighted, federal office decides
Monkey selfies can't be copyrighted, federal office decides

Bad news for the British photographer claiming ownership of a self-portrait taken by a curious macaque: The United States has decided monkey selfies can’t be copyrighted. A public draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition — which was released Tuesday and, after final review, is to take effect in mid-December — says the office will register only works that were created by human beings. “Works produced by nature, animals or plants” or “purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings” don’t count, it says. The first example in that category is “a photograph taken by a monkey.” On a trip to...

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