Wikipedia has recently launched a pretty interesting contest. Wiki Loves Monuments invites you to take photos of historic sites and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. In return, you can get a $500 prize if you win, and there are consolation prizes for nine other photographers, too.
Brands want to be seen by as many people as possible. They’re businesses. They need to make money. It’s their only reason for existing. But there are right ways to get your products out there and there are definitely wrong ways.
Outdoor clothing company, The North Face recently hired ad agency Leo Burnett Tailor Made for a campaign which manipulated Wikipedia content to put The North Face products in photos that illustrate the content on the site. They even showed off how and why they did it in a video.
Just when you thought a copyright battle about a monkey’s selfie couldn’t get any more bizarre, Photographer David Slater responded to PETA’s lawsuit with yet another surprise move in this ongoing saga.
Rather than argue in favor of the photographer’s ownership of the copyright, defense papers claim PETA can’t prove Naruto, the monkey on whose behalf it’s suing, is the monkey seen in the photos.
Remember the macaque monkey who snapped a few selfies that went wildly viral back in 2011?
While photographer David Slater and Wikipedia argued about whether or not the photographer owned the copyrights, and the U.S. Copyright Office also chimed in, there’s now a third party involved – with an entirely new claim.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has filed a suit in a San Francisco federal court claiming that the monkey should be recognized as the legal copyright owner, and requested permission to administer the proceeds for the benefit of the monkey and his friends.