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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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91.

Jean    

What is all the fuss about, who owns it? its just a picture. Geeeeeeez

196 days ago
92.

ó|ó    

Can't wait to see every office and every school to make their own version of this photo.
And then the dog version, and the cat version and the babies version, and then dressed up apes version...

196 days ago
93.

Marcus    

I guess Lupita's brother really thought he was A-list for a sec there... hmmm... #whodoesnotbelong

196 days ago
94.

ctcco    

If I have to look at that damn pic one more time, I'm gonna puke. Its not that great, folks. Get a life.

196 days ago
95.

ccc    

Only 4 people in the pic is looking right at the camera lens. All the others are looking at the screen

196 days ago
96.

Junior Sandoval     

TMZ really had nothing else to talk about? God they're so stupid

196 days ago
97.

ccc    

Wonder of Bradley Cooper gave TMZ permission to show his picture here. Looks like a Copyright violation

196 days ago
98.

David    

thanks for the copyright 101...what a stupid ass article to write LOL

196 days ago
99.

Gavin Hastings    

Jeesus h christ, leave it to yanks to turn something into a litigious argument. Chill out and carry on instead of jumping on your boring lawyer soap box. Who cares who owns what in ref to the pic. You must've been a very boring kid...

196 days ago
100.

ShezAnEnigma    

I think if a picture is taken 'for someone' - such as a work for hire, or with the intention for someone, it would still be her picture.

196 days ago
101.

amber    

omg Julie Roberts is so FREAKIN ugly. DAMN. horse teeth.

196 days ago
102.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

The black kid's face was photoshopped. He kept sticking his tongue out and making bug eyes. Somebody should have yanked him out of there.

196 days ago
103.

Garry    

Personally all rights for everything should go to "Old-an Gone, er, Goldie Hawn for the indignities she had to endure at the hands of gay humor to get a laugh!

196 days ago
104.

peter    

Who cares

196 days ago
105.

BradleyCoopersleftarm    

The Band, Bradley Cooper's Left Arm owns the pic. He used his left arm to extend the camera phone.
Therefore we own the pic.

www.bradleycoopersleftarm.com

196 days ago
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