I promised myself I’d never use the word “selfie” – let alone in a headline – but the wild world we live in occasionally dictates that we do things we never thought we’d do.
I don’t want to get into a whole thing about how the famous photo (above) taken at the Oscars on Sunday night was part of a big advertising campaign for a certain phone company (to name them would only be giving them what they want – more publicity), but there is one element of the picture that is interesting enough that I thought it was worth passing along to you guys. TMZ, of all places, says that the photo’s true owner is actually Bradley Cooper.
Even though Cooper snapped the pic on Ellen’s phone, the rights to the photo technically belong to him since he’s the one who physically captured the moment. If Ellen had taken the picture, the rights would revert to The Academy, since she signed a contract with them when she agreed to host the event. After hearing that, I thought I remembered Ellen making something of a fuss in the moment about how she wanted to take the picture (which may have indicated that she was aware of the contractual agreement), but looking back at it, she actually tries to get Meryl Streep to take it before Cooper takes over, so she likely had no idea about the details of ownership at the time.
In all likelihood, Cooper will simply sign whatever paperwork is necessary to transfer the rights to The Academy so they can use it forever in whatever manner they choose. (He is a two time Academy Award-nominee, after all, so it probably wouldn’t look great if he didn’t give it up to them.) This is essentially a non-story: it’s more trivia than anything else. I’m not trying to drum up any kind of controversy attached to the picture, I just would never have thought about the fact that Cooper owns the rights because he used Ellen’s phone (or at least a phone Ellen was given for the night) to take it. But hey, I also never would have thought I’d link to TMZ in an article, so I guess I’m breaking all kinds of self-imposed rules today.
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