Have you seen this story in The Washington Post about a lawsuit claiming Harvard is profiting from images of slaves? It’s real. The lawsuit demands that images of a modern American woman’s ancestors are given back to her, under ‘copyright’ laws. But that’s not how it works.
The woman’s lawyers claim that Harvard took something that doesn’t belong to them, and that the images should be given back.
But here’s the thing:
Even if these images do turn out to be picture of this woman’s ancestors, that doesn’t mean she owns them. Copyright doesn’t work that way.
And to claim that the university is "profiting" from slavery? Give me a break.