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The poll ended yesterday and received 354 responses [thanks so much to all those who took the time to vote!].
The results are well summarised here, but for the sake of completeness, here's what our readers think:
- "The monkey owns the copyright: she's the author, after all". This is true for just 24 readers (6%).
- "Only humans are authors so the photographer owns the copyright as the nearest relevant human", say 107 readers (30%).
- "There is no copyright in works authored by animals: they are a gift to humanity which we can all use". This is not just the opinion of the US Copyright Office [see §306], but also of 187 readers (52%).
- "The United Nations should set up a special agency to own and control uses of all non-human works like this", is the ambitious suggestion of 16 voters (4%).
- "Whichever human gets to it first can keep it, just like any other bona vacantia" is the opinion of 20 readers (5%).