http://www.newser.com/story/192825/monk ... lator.htmlThe biggest overhaul of American copyright regulations in decades includes some bad news for a photographer whose camera was snatched by a monkey: Only works created by humans can be copyrighted. The US Copyright Office says photos taken by monkeys count as "unprotected intellectual property," Ars Technica finds. The office says it will not "register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings."
The following selfie is not protected.
Let's change it up: If you train a monkey to use a camera, using bananas as compensation, I would think that the resulting product would constitutes a work for hire.
Nature photographer David Slater had sought to have a selfie snapped by the crested black macaque taken down from Wikimedia Commons, arguing that he had the rights to it. "A mural painted by an elephant" is another example regulators give of copyright-free intellectual property under the new rules,...
I think that if you give your elephant a paint brush then that becomes your artistic medium, and the resulting work is your intellectual property. If it isn't your elephant, tough shit.