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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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46.

Vote2012    

Who cares, follow the money it was staged, these people do not do anything unless they get paid. They worship the dollar.

199 days ago
47.

Dan Kemp    

if i had a pvagina i would be a dykitimoous horonomous also..) godbless ellen

199 days ago
48.

Kelly    

Stupid.

199 days ago
49.

bellagrazi    

Most awesome selfie ever! Retweeted over 3 million times! Just wish my favorite, Leonardo DiCaprio, was in it. Wish he had won the Oscar, too, for that matter. But I digress...

199 days ago
50.

Jah36    

Ellen is a pervert. It's sad that society has devolved to a point that it celebrates something as blatantly unnatural as homosexual behavior. I hope she one day gets the help she needs.

199 days ago
51.

Meanie    

I hate Ellen. #teamanybodybuther

199 days ago
52.

Nick    

I beg to differ. If the file is on Ellen's phone, she owns it. Period.

199 days ago
53.

Tim    

So did TMZ get permission to use it or are you in violation of copyright laws?

199 days ago
54.

KOKOPELLeigh    

If Beyonce were in it, she'd Photoshop everyone out except her and Ellen.

199 days ago
55.

Tax    

It's only worth big money if he files with the copyright office ASAP, if he does not file he can only go after fair usage rates.

199 days ago
56.

Jordan    

Harvey I am willing to bet that Bradley will handover any and all Rights to that Photo so he does not Anger the Precious Academy.

199 days ago
57.

Tacostand    

This is a stupid article? Why even write about this??? Running out of things to say tmz? :/

199 days ago
58.

diverjenn    

Yeah... but I thought once you tweet or FB or Instagram etc a photo it is pretty much public domain? Also, seems like it would quickly become a dick move on his part or anyone's for that matter if they took a photo like that and started demanding money rights it.... and I like to believe that he is not that guy... especially yo Ellen

199 days ago
59.

Sean Kelly    

I am not sure that your information is correct. That said, did YOU get permission to use the photo from Cooper?

199 days ago
60.

TuxThePenguin    

I read an article that said that the phone used throughout the show was a new Samsung Galaxy for product placement, and that Ellen was snapped using her personal iPhone backstage; therefore, suggesting the phone was provided by the producers: http://sploid.gizmodo.com/ellen-degeneres-is-actually-using-an-iphone-backstage-1534933693

199 days ago
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