If Animals Own the Copyright to Their Selfies, We Should Give Them Money

By Jesus Diaz on at

This animal selfie compilation got me thinking: If the courts say these photos can't be owned by humans because they are taken by animals, shouldn't there be some kind of international legal mechanism to make the people who use the photos pay some money to protect each species? Makes sense to me.

If animals own the copyright to their selfies, we should give them money

If animals own the copyright to their selfies, we should give them money

Above: My dog Amos taking a selfie with a special iPad application. We pay him in treats, food, cuddles, and health insurance.

If animals own the copyright to their selfies, we should give them money

If animals own the copyright to their selfies, we should give them money

If animals own the copyright to their selfies, we should give them money

If animals own the copyright to their selfies, we should give them money

If animals own the copyright to their selfies, we should give them money

If animals own the copyright to their selfies, we should give them money

If animals own the copyright to their selfies, we should give them money

If animals own the copyright to their selfies, we should give them money

Above: Not a selfie, but a photobomb.

And since we are at it, I'm all for a wild animal photo tax. Seriously. So many people taking photos of these beast and nobody really giving them anything in exchange.