Same story if you setup a wildlife trigger and a wild animal trips the shutter. The deer or whatever is not the photographer!
Indeed, I agree 100% for this case with animals, some other cases maybe aren't so cut and dry though.
I have met a couple of studio photographers who do studio portrait/product shoots here and their name is enough to get clients coming to their studios, but with the amount of work they have the photographers themselves do none of the set up, their assistants do all the light checks, set up the props, have the camera onthe tripod ready to go and quite often the "boss" rolls in, snaps off the shots and goes round to the studio space in the next room to take more shots in the same way.
My first reaction on seeing this was "these people aren't photographers, they are literally just pressing the shutter so the person who did the set up is the real photographer and the clients are paging for a name to press the shutter." Then I thought about it some more and figured, well maybe the guy who presses the shutter also trained his assistants to a certain style, maybe be came up with the concept as well and passed down instructions on what to do, so although he's not 100% behind the final shot, he's still behind the team that made it happen.
This post is opening up a lot of spin offs, I'm loving it :-)