I doubt there are many fields where the phrase "too much storage" does apply :)
Excellent review, thanks al lot dpr! Fine device, although the price is a bit too high.
DaveE1: I understand that the monkey is filing a "Forget Me" takedown request following the new European Court ruling. Get your comments in quickly. This article may not be here for long.
I thought this type of photographers were already EU citizens, and MEPs, but they are better known by their political orientation (I didn't quite get it -- is it far right, or far rage or something?)
D1N0: Monkey's cannot own copyright, the photographer dit not intend de monkey to make pictures when it grabbed it's camera. So no copyright laws apply. The photographer should have given a different spin to his story. He gave the camera the the monkey in order for it to make selfies for the photographer.
@vfunct: Well, let's apply your logic. A photog. wants to shoot monkeys. You happen to be around his location and take a picture. He owns it, because "he intended to take it". Right?
Now, indeed, the monkey isn't human. What is a monkey, then? It's a force of nature, so it has no rights. Does the force of nature own the photo? No. Does the photog.? No, because the photo "owes its form to a force of nature". Conclusion: public domain.
Sorry, but that monkey is not an EU citizen.
Stu 5: This could open up a can of worms. The BBC and National Geographic use motion triggers all the time for their wildlife work. Does that mean because the animal triggered the camera that the photos or footage is therefore in the public domain? How many wildlife photographers will use a motion triggered set up where they do not actually take the photo but the animal does?
The internet is not made only of photography sites. And the photog specifically targeted wider popularity with this stunt, and has received what he actually deserved. Internet fame is a double-edged sword, and serious artists should know better than relying on these kinds of shortcuts. Real fame is painstakingly built, it doesn't come automatically from Facebook likes.
But really, which "serious photography sites" do you refer to?
dccdp: "Dear Photographer,
A monkey you were photographing stole your camera and hit me in the head with it, causing me injury.
I demand immediate compensation, as you are definitely liable, per your own logic."
Using the photographer's arguments works both ways, eh?
I'm only saying that the photographer isn't the author of the action, therefore is neither liable, nor has any rights about it.
And, as stated in the article, copyright law specifically covers works "owing [their] form to the forces of nature and lacking human authorship". If a monkey grabbing a camera without provocation or set-up isn't a force of nature, what is?
Come on, the monkey grabbed a camera, and pressed the shutter button! It is far from being the same case as using motion triggers, the camera wasn't set up to shoot that way.
There's no can of worms here. It's only a photographer that doesn't want to accept that he can't take credit for something that he didn't do. And he's angry because he became the laughing object of the entire internet, as "his" most popular photo was actually taken by an ape. :)
Funduro: IMHO the real monkey is the author, so Wiki is correct. My 0.02 cents.
The funny thing is Wikimedia is correct precisely because the monkey isn't (and never can be) the copyright owner.
Nigel Wilkins: "Copyright law states that works not originated by a human author can't support a copyright claim, and that 'a work owing its form to the forces of nature and lacking human authorship is not registrable."
Does this include remote triggering devices like lightning detectors? By originated, presumably setting up the shot is enough. Giving a monkey your camera could be considered as setting up the shot, by using the monkey as a random triggering device, although apparently unintentional in this case.
Common sense should prevail IMO. The nearest thing the photo has to an owner is the owner of the camera.
@samfran: But then the picture wouldn't have become such a popular thing on the net! THE MONKEY SELFIE! ENTER AND BE AMAZED! ;)
William Faulkner: Did the Photographer give the Monkey any food? If so maybe he can claim that the monkey was in fact acting as his employee since he "paid" it.
Work For Hire rules would then kick in.
Can you hire animals according to those rules?
This is becoming very interesting :)
neil holmes: Well the Monkey took the camera without permission....charge him!
The photographer owns the camera, the card....the monkey could be regarded as the employee.
In any event the photos exist only because the photographer was responsible for ALL but pushing the button.
The Photographer owns the copyright in my opinion.
Employees have contracts. At best, the monkey is a slave, and the photographer is to be punished!
Leaving the camera unattended (as the Telegraph article suggests) is not giving it to the monkey and carefully setting up an art project.
Nevertheless, the monkey shows real potential, she really deserves showing up on the Wikipedia 'selfie' page.
samfan: I think the law makes sense. The author is the one who presses the shutter button or otherwise sets up taking of the final image as a clear intention (self-timer, drone etc.). If you lend your camera to someone and they take the pictures, they are the author. This is clear enough.
As for the "If you drop your camera and it takes a picture by itself, nobody is the author", that's a bit tricky but I think it makes sense too. If you don't actually press the shutter button (or equivalent), then why would you want to claim ownership? Also in this case, it's clear the photographer did not set up this scenario.
You don't need to make money of everything and claim copyright on everything. Just suck it up and let the world have some fun with "your" image dang it.
@Nigel: Then it's easy. The photographer should simply produce his contract with the monkey and ownership is guaranteed.
ThatCamFan: Yes he should be paid, if he were not there there would not be those photos to PROFIT from, wikimedia is making MONEY off someone elses camera.
Using your logic, the photographer should also pay Wikimedia because he made PROFIT by reading wikipedia at a point.
Weighing its contribution to the world, Wikimedia is anything but profit-obsessed.
Btw, you know Wikimedia is a non-profit organization, don't you?
This is wonderful! It not only shows us how far copyright claims go, but provides us with the true definition of a selfie.
abortabort: I don't believe it is theft. He is not 'stealing' an image, he is using an image that is FREELY available to him and then manipulating it for his own personal use. What the photographer is selling in these cases is prints.
It is like having 'samples' at the grocery store and if someone 'tries' one and then doesn't buy the product, are they stealing? What if instead of tasting the meat sample, they take it home and put it in a sandwich that they enjoy and sates them, are they stealing because they don't feel the need to buy more of the product beyond the 'free sample', even though they have modified it to get further enjoy it.
What if they took the sample and cropped it rather then removed the watermark - is that less outrageous?
Next question, someone BUYS a high resolution copy of the image and then crops it themselves before putting on facebook, is that theft? If not, than doing the same thing to a 'free sample' is also not stealing.
@Ion Can you find an original electronic painting made by Rembrandt himself? If so, we can discuss your analogy further.
Nobody implied the original, hi-res picture would disappear, and posting a picture doesn't necessarily mean the associated copyrights would be affected in any way.
It's a nice idea, but I really need that headphones socket.
Nick8: There are only 3 camera manufacturers making profit and Leica is one of them.They are doing their homework right, obviously.A stupid car costing millions is attracting fewer critics than an expensive and high quality camera, which is just slightly out of the reach for many people. I am one of those who cannot afford to buy it, but I would.
"A stupid car costing millions is attracting fewer critics than an expensive and high quality camera, which is just slightly out of the reach for many people."
Which doesn't make that stupid car less stupid. Au contraire...
jira: Hmm, Leica without a viewfinder ...What is the point of this camera again?
tkbslc: Sorry, but no one believes that this camera's purpose is to actually take pictures.