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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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61.

Marvel    

Who carss

210 days ago
62.

Brian Tolley    

Personally, I think she is a weirdo and a goon.......

210 days ago
63.

Kathy    

They are just people. Nice pic....just like anyone else's. Its not a big deal, none of them need any money anyway.

210 days ago
64.

Ron Fing Swanson    

Someone like Steven Seagal should host the Oscars.

210 days ago
65.

Hj    

Who cares who owns the picture~ Great Picture. The fact they all stepped up and Ellen told all TV world the picture was being TWEETED; they stepped up willing and gave their permission!! What is the big deal NOW??

210 days ago
66.

Jenny L Smith    

Ellen's phone so Ellen's photo. He offered to take it.

210 days ago
67.

who cares    

WHO CARES

210 days ago
68.

silentme63    

wow, for real???? really life as we know it will forever change because we have the DEMONIC ZOMBIES distracting us from the real important issues in the world.

210 days ago
69.

Jill    

that's terrible... that means that all those strangers throughout the years that I asked to take our family picture on vacation and that I handed MY camera to, own my family pictures ???????

210 days ago
70.

Maeho22    

Wow..Julia looks awfully happy seems how her sister just off'd herself bc of her

210 days ago
71.

Dead@27    

Copyright is a legal fiction.

210 days ago
72.

Ummmm    

This is the most waste of time article you guys have wrote in a long time. Wtf who cares??!

210 days ago
73.

Obsever..    

This is not a selfie, Its a selfies :-)..luv it..

210 days ago
74.

CicadaDiva    

I want the last 2 minutes of my life back. This article sucks.

210 days ago
75.

Jennifer    

Seriously...who the F*CK cares!

210 days ago
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