A court has awarded Donald, a New York City monkey, full copyright to a selfie that he accidentally snapped in a landmark animal rights decision.
“I handed my camera to Donald when he became interested in how shiny it was,” said wildlife photographer Jill Shutterbug. “I assumed that he wouldn’t be capable of operating it due to his tiny fingers not having the power to push any of the buttons.”
“While Donald lacks the cognitive abilities and level of self awareness required to understand what a selfie is, he is technically the one who took the photo and therefore the intellectual property belongs to him,” said Judge Theodore Gavel. “I hereby grant Donald ownership of the image and any revenue from sales of it on coffee mugs, tea towels and dart boards.”
The court has awarded Donald full legal status, meaning he is now allowed to own property, be declared bankrupt and maybe one day be elected mayor of the zoo in which he resides.
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