Bananas For Copyright Law: Who Owns Pictures Snapped by Monkeys?

Did you know that US Copyright Law and British Copyright Law do not grant copyright protection to works that "are not originated by humans?"  Hum, what does that really mean?  It might just mean that the photographs taken by a clever macaque monkey after it commandeered  the human photographer's camera are in the public domain. This post from Tech Dirt raises the issue of copyright ownership in the photos and raised the fur of the Carter's News Agency who claim they now control the images.  The comments to the Tech Dirt post, and the serious (sometimes seriously funny) comments of Gordon Firemark and Tamera Bennett in Episode 23 of the Entertainment Law Podcast provide some food for thought on this issue.