United States copyright regulators are agreeing with Wikipedia’s conclusion that a monkey’s selfie cannot be copyrighted by a nature photographer whose camera was swiped by the ape in the jungle. The animal’s selfie went viral. The US Copyright Office, in a 1,222-page report discussing federal copyright law, said that a “photograph taken by a monkey” is unprotected intellectual property.

Monkey’s selfie cannot be copyrighted, US regulators say | Ars Technica


Planets of Our Solar System

Our solar system officially has eight planets and one star: the Sun. The discovery of an object larger than Pluto in 2005 rekindled the debate over whether such objects, belonging to the Kuiper Belt – a collection of icy bodies located beyond Neptune – should be called planets. Pluto and other large members of the Kuiper Belt are now considered “dwarf planets.”

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A dusty stretch of road, cleaving its way through far-off, majestic spines of snowcapped mountains. An open vista of turbulent ocean, battering against rugged cliffs and foreboding boulders. A heroically battered vehicle, practically…


So photographer David Slater wants Wikipedia to remove a monkey selfie that was taken with his camera. As you can see from this screen shot, Wikipedia says no: the monkey pressed the shutter so it owns the copyright.

We got NPR’s in-house legal counsel, Ashley Messenger, to weigh in. She said:

Traditional interpretation of copyright law is that the person who captured the image owns the copyright. That would be the monkey. The photographer’s best argument is that the monkey took the photo at his direction and therefore it’s work for hire. But that’s not a great argument because it’s not clear the monkey had the intent to work at the direction of the photographer nor is it clear there was “consideration” (value) exchanged for the work. So… It’s definitely an interesting question! Or the photographer could argue that leaving the camera to see what would happen is his work an therefore the monkey’s capture of the image was really the photographer’s art, but that would be a novel approach, to my knowledge.

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Photographer Lee Friedlander, born this day in 1934, aimed to capture the “American social landscape.” 

[Lee Friedlander. New York City. 1966.]


Happy birthday Chuck Close! This study for a well-known self-portrait hints at his process. 

[Chuck Close. “Study for Self-Portrait.” 1968.]


Ansel Adams' eery, beautiful moonrise over a church and cemetery near Hernandez, New Mexico


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For his famous Cowboys and Girlfriends series, Richard Prince appropriated many images directly from the glossy Marlboro cigarette advertisements, then re-photographed, cropped and eliminated the text. This subtle act of re-photographing advertising images and presenting them as his own, initiates a new, critical approach to the production of art but is not dissimilar to the art-historically rooted method employed by Marcel Duchamp and the ready-made. 


A photographer for Coco Chanel for over three decades, Horst P. Horst was strongly supported by members of the fashion community, including the prominent fashion editor Diana Vreeland. In addition to his fashion shots and portraiture, Horst photographed landscapes, architectural interiors, and still lifes throughout his career. Embraced by the art world, Horst began exhibiting his work in significant art galleries as early as 1932, and continued throughout his career.

Pictured: New York Still Life, 1946, by Horst P. Horst