Welcome Back Students! End of Monkey Selfie Drama.

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image courtesy Wikimedia

We are so glad to see all of you back on campus and are especially happy to see old faces and new ones on the 2nd floor. In case you missed it, in 2011, a Macaques monkey in Indonesia took a picture of itself when photographer David Slater left his equipment out. A dispute quickly broke out over who owned the rights to the funny photograph and the money it would generate. Wikimedia argued that photographs taken by animals cannot be copyrighted and published it online. The government weighed in on the side of Wikimedia. So here is the controversial monkey selfie, an image that is in the public domain. Read more at The Guardian (UK).

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