The iconic selfie has become synonymous with today’s generation of pop culture. From teens to moms—even teen moms—selfies have penetrated our society as the go-to method for documenting nearly everything with our pretty faces front and center. That’s why in 2011, when a playful monkey grabbed a photographer’s camera and snapped a selfie, it came as no surprise that the selfies’ next logical frontier was out into the animal kingdom. Who better to adopt the shameless form of photographic narcissism than our evolutionary relatives? The corresponding legal issue to follow, however, is whether copyright ownership and its subsequent protection would also make that leap.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 26, 2016. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Jabbary, Arian, "Update on the “Monkey Selfie”" (2016). AELJ Blog. 117.