Macaque takes a selfie: PETA publicity stunt or genuine animal rights issue?
Copyright protections can be sought for “original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression,” which includes any “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works.” 17 U.S.C. § 102 (2012). Over 100 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that an original photograph that represented the “intellectual conception of its author” could be afforded copyright protection. Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co., v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53, 59 (1884). Our Nation’s copyright protections have evolved to include any original arrangement and selection that exhibits creativity. Feist Publ’ns, Inc. v. Rural Tel. Serv. Co., 499 U.S. 340, 358 (1991). This is particularly relevant today when many authors compile facts and ideas in their own creative ways to sell things such as textbooks and phonebooks. Id. (more…)