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  • In Depth “Monkey Selfie” Details!

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Greetings One and All!

    Many of you have no doubt seen the “Monkey Selfie” that’s been going around the internet.

    What you may not know is that it’s from one of our photographers, David Slater!  There’s been a lot of attention given to this image, mostly because Wikimedia is claiming that there is no copyright and it can be used without any licensing because it was the monkey that took the photo.  Please read on and let us know what you think!

    We represent many dedicated nature and wildlife photographers who traverse the globe in pursuit of extraordinary images that document our world and the species within it.  David is one of them.  They schlep their gear all over the planet, sleep in unnatural settings, always looking for that special light just at the right time, often positioned in remote locations, sitting and waiting for the animals to appear, in order to document their behavior in whatever season it is.  It’s not a comfortable life and nobody’s getting rich, that’s for sure!  Still they do this because they have a passion that cannot be quenched until they’ve taken the risks and gotten the shots.

    David Slater is a serious wildlife photographer and he spent considerable time in the field with a local guide tracking the location of this troop of Crested Black Macaque monkeys in the rainforests of Sulawesi, Indonesia.  He has shared his story of how this photo came to be and we thought you might enjoy reading about it.  Click Here to Read Story

    I’m bringing this to your attention for several reasons.  Copyright these days is a very serious issue and using someone’s photo without licensing it properly is a detriment to our entire industry.  As industry professionals, we need to support a photographer’s copyright of an image and the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) is doing just that, in their response to Wikimedia, who is claiming that the image is available to all in the Public Domain. Click Here to Read iLPC Response.

    Lastly, David has partnered with a print/canvas company, Picanova, that is giving away canvas framed prints of the Monkey Selfie.  They are donating to the Macaque preservation fund in this Indonesian location for every print they offer.  If you want your own print, here’s your chance: Click Here for Press Release with link to free print

    That’s it from Seattle.  We hope you’ve found this story of interest and would love to hear your take on it!


    Danita and Team

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    • How about light or wireless triggers, UAV, drones. Satellites, etc.. I would argue that if a photographer gave anything control over the camera that are using to get the shot,it is the copyright of the photographer. It’s very odd to have a non-human corporation, eg corporations are people legalese, own copyrights and have rights afforded but zero accountability of a human. Just because you can twist legal definitions does not make it right, they deserve to be challenged.

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