Animal copyright
Tempera on paper, by Congo the chimp, auctioned off in 2005. AP via

Scraping Chimp Photos for the Commons

Awesome animal copyright fact: All chimp photos and paintings are public domain.

The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the Office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy(ies) state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit. – via COMPENDIUM OF THE U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE PRACTICES , Third Edition

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