A few years ago, I blogged about TechDirt's coverage of the “monkey selfie”. In the most recent round of TechDirt articles from 2014, I have been actively commenting on the stories. In addition to the implications for traditional photographers, I believe the new guidence from the US Copyright Office necessarily implies that photos taken via camera traps are not covered by copyright, since the animal is triggering the camera to capture the photo.
I recently received a threat letter from Icondia regarding my fair use of these photos in my 2011 post. It's the same letter that TechDirt also received, who quite adeptly responded to in this recent post. I like TechDirt's response so much—in fact—I am adopting it as my official response to the letter. However I am adding two small postscripts:
I leave you now with the full-resolution image of the monkey selfie (2912✕4368 px · 1.9 MB). Since it is in the public domain, please feel free to copy, re-share, and use however you wish without any attribution whatsoever.