Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr. They are often casual, and are typically taken either with a camera held at arm's length or in a mirror. One of the first self-portraits was taken in 1839 by Robert Cornelius, an American photographer. The term "selfie" was first used by photographer Jim Krause in 2005.
Selfies by animals[change | change source]
A black crested macaque (Macaca nigra) snatched a camera, and took a photo of herself. The selfie seemed to establish a legal precedent when the Wikimedia Foundation rejected a copyright claim. The ground was that a non-human could not own a copyright, and the camera owner had not taken the photo, and so also could not own the copyright. Therefore the photo was not under copyright.
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- Sean Ross Meehan, Mediating American Autobiography: Photography in Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, and Whitman (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008), p. 23
- Jim Krause, Photo Idea Index, 2005. page 148.
- Leonard, Andrew 6 August 2014. Wikipedia at war! “Monkey selfie” sets off bizarre copyright dispute. Salon. 
- Hui, Susan 7 August 2014. Monkeys take 'selfies,' sparking copyright dispute. AP News.