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Ellen

She Doesn't Own Oscar Pic ...

Guess Who Does

3/4/2014 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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.

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227 COMMENTS

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31.

tenley    

Bull**** -- the owner of the copyright is either the person who owns the film negative at the time of exposure or the owner of the digital camera. You do not own the rights of a photo you take with someone else's camera.

That said, I assumed TMZ was going to report that Samsung owns the photo, not Ellen.

198 days ago
32.

Misfitttt    

why do u guys have to sh!t on a happy genuine photo! just because your lives are so miserable? stfu this pic is awesome

198 days ago
33.

Susan62509    

Lesson learned. If you come up with an idea to take a photo, do it yourself.

198 days ago
34.

larry fine    

who is the colored guy with the glasses? Is he someone famous?

198 days ago
35.

tenley    

TMZ is so bad at even basic reporting now, they're just making sh*t up. This is flat-out untrue. The person who owns the digital camera is the copyright holder of photos taken on it. (Unless Ellen owns this camera, I'm assuming Samsung owns the photo.)

198 days ago
36.

CelebrityScum    

Pic of the one percent.

198 days ago
37.

zombie    

LOL! You people call this an "Exclusive"?

198 days ago
38.

anony    

I still wonder why Lupita Nyong'o's brother thought he should be in this pic.

198 days ago
39.

gadfly    

I have a bridge for sale. Look at their eyes and the clarity of the photo. This is a professional shot. Everything is staged and rehearsed. The real photographer is a pro hired by the academy. And did you really believe that a pizza delivery man could get through security. ?

198 days ago
40.

Miara    

And this is TMZ News why??? Tusk, tusk...lol

198 days ago
41.

Jacob Yambrick    

What's up with the random floating set of teeth in the back?

198 days ago
42.

garrett    

Ellen looks like a real DOG

198 days ago
43.

Bob    

So, how much did TMZ pay Mr. Cooper??

198 days ago
44.

Bjorn A. Vulvan    

Who cares who owns this snapshot, incorrectly identified by just about every other publication as a "selfie"?

198 days ago
45.

John the Lawyer    

Oh, c'mon. Where's BEckerman? Are you saying that Wally Pfister owns the copyright to The Dark Knight Rises? See how silly you're argument is? Why do you let the janitors post things like this at night? The owner of the equipment owns the image.

198 days ago
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