During a photo shoot in Indonesia in 2011, Nature photographer David Slater’s camera was temporarily taken away by a group of Crested Black Macaque monkeys. The monkeys inadvertently snapped hundreds of pictures with the camera, including a now world famous “selfie”. The picture was subsequently added to the Wikipedia collection of 22 million, public domain, royalty-free images. The photographer requested the image be removed due to copyright violations. Wikipedia refused, claiming that because the monkey took the photo, he “owns” the photo. “This file is in the public domain, because as the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author in whom copyright belongs.”
The photographer is continuing his fight to have the images removed from Public Domain.