Again, unless Cooper was contracted directly with Samsung, he has very good standing to own the image.
Have any of you arguing that Cooper has no rights to this actually read the article? There's, like, actual lawyers commenting on various points of actual, like, law. Here's part of it just for you:
Could Samsung actually own the photo?
Probably not, according to Kirschner. Let's say there was a contract between the Academy or DeGeneres and the phone company. "If Samsung had an agreement with Ellen that they would exclusively own the rights to the photo, that may not then apply to Bradley," he said. So if Samsung tried to enforce an agreement with Ellen (which, again, may not exist), Cooper could again muck up the works, since he's exempt from that agreement, having not, you know, agreed to it. Samsung can't say "we have copyright over all pictures taken on this device."