by Mike Masnick
Tue, Jan 26th 2010 3:15pm
Here's a fun one for you lawyers out there. Richard points us to a story about a movie made entirely by chimpanzees who were given cameras, which is now being broadcast on the BBC. However, Richard raises a good question: who owns the copyright on the film. Generally speaking (and, yes, there are some exceptions), whoever creates the actual work gets the copyright, and it seems clear that the chimps specifically learned to pay attention to the viewfinder on the camera. Of course, with films and such, there may be more contractual issues set up, but I doubt the chimps signed anything. Perhaps it's a work-for-hire situation, even if the chimps weren't paid? Though, according to some, if the chimps aren't paid, they won't have incentive to make any new movies...
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