The U.S. Copyright Office just released a new public draft of its compendium of practices, which states that it will only recognize original works created by human beings. One of the examples outlined in the compendium of works that cannot be registered is a photograph taken by a monkey.
This is, of course, in reference to the picture taken by a monkey on photographer David Slater’s camera. After Wikipedia put the picture on its website, therefore making it available for public use, Slater planned to bring the website to court after it refused to take the photo down. He said that it being available on Wikipedia was denying him royalties.
The U.S. Copyright Office also outlined that it will not grant copyright protection to “works produced by nature, animals or plants” or “purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings”
The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition will be reviewed and will then take effect in mid-December.