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Legal argument of the week: If a monkey takes his own photo, does he own it?

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There is an argument between a photography and the popular website Wikipedia over the world's most popular monkey "selfie."  

A British photographer wants Wikipedia to take down the monkey selfie or give him credit for the photo. David Slater says he hasn’t seen a dime from the now-viral photo of a crested black macaque that somehow swiped his camera and fired off a cheerful selfie in the Indonesian forest in 2011. 

Slater now hopes to do battle in court over who technically owns the rights to the photos since Wikipedia refused to remove them from their website.

“If a monkey takes a photo, it doesn’t have copyright, so the image is in the public domain,” Wikipedia’s Katherine Maher told NBC's Today.

Lawyers who’ve caught wind of Slater’s interest in pursuing legal action said they’ve never heard of such a peculiar case before. “It’s very rare to hear such monkey business like this, because it just doesn’t happen,” said Blank Rome LLP partner, Ken Bressler.

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