“Ellen DeGeneres Does Not Own the Group Selfie Oscar Photo Afterall; Bradley Cooper Does”


Ellen DeGeneres does NOT own the picture that broke Twitter …  unless he signed his rights away, the owner of the famous Oscar pic is BRADLEY COOPER.

Here’s the way it works … the person  who owns the now-famous photo is the person who actually took it … NOT the  person who owns the camera or organized the shoot.

Cooper was the  snapper … so it’s his.

And even if Ellen signed her rights over to the  Academy when she signed her hosting gig, the Academy would have no rights to the  photo, because Ellen can’t transfer what isn’t hers.

So unless Bradley  signed his rights away to the Academy, he’s the copyright owner.  Any use  of the pic without his permission is a violation of the copyright.

He  seemed down with tweeting it out, so Ellen is cool.  But any use of the pic  on TV shows — including hers — would only be kosher with Bradley’s  blessing.  And he’d own the rights to any reproduction.

It all  translates into cash.  It could come in handy if that “Hangover” money runs  out.

Source: http://www.tmz.com/

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