« on: August 07, 2014, 07:19:00 PM »
You guys are overanalyzing this. An elementary legal analysis reveals that justice will likely be on the side of Wikimedia, with Mr. Slater having a small chance and the monkey having no chance at all of gaining rights to the photo.
The Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, the entity which distributed the photo without recognizing Mr. Slater’s claim to a copyright, has revenues of US$48.6 million and cash equivalents of $22.2 million. It can retain many lawyers.
Mr. Slater, from Coleford, Gloucestershire, is a nature photographer and his revenue is probably less than US$48.6 million. He can probably retain fewer lawyers.
Mr. Macaque has no revenue or cash equivalents. He throws feces at lawyers.