Monkey selfie


"Monkey selfie" case

Back in 2011, a macaque monkey in Indonesia took several flattering selfies with the equipment of the British nature photographer David Slater. The latter claimed copyright in the photos after they were published at Wikimedia Commons as being in the public domain.

Doctor of Laws Merima Bruncevic in the above video discusses the issue whether copyright could be held on artworks made by non-human animals as well as impact of new technologies on the established copyright law norms. 

(video taken during the summer school “Introduction to Art Law in the Baltic and Nordic countries”, held in Riga Graduate School of Law, 11-15 July 2016)

The other worthy material on the subject (including the issue of internet (online) jurisdiction) is discussed in the Guadamuz, A. (2016). The monkey selfie: copyright lessons for originality in photographs and internet jurisdiction. Internet Policy Review , 5(1). DOI: 10.14763/2016.1.398, available at: or here:



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