January 30, 2023

Monkey Can’t Own Copyright To His Selfie, Federal Judge Says


There’s “no indication” that the Copyright Act extends to animals, U.S. District Judge William Orrick wrote in a tentative opinion issued Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco.

“I’m not the person to weigh into this. This is an issue for Congress and the president,” Orrick said from the bench, according to Ars Technica. “If they think animals should have the right of copyright they’re free, I think, under the Constitution, to do that.”

Source: Monkey Can’t Own Copyright To His Selfie, Federal Judge Says | Maine Public Broadcasting


PETA Sues — Give Monkey Rights to His Selfies

*Editor’s Note* – If a monkey has rights, SUE THE SON-OF-A-BITCH! He stole a camera and caused high levels of stress on a human!

So, a monkey steals a man’s camera and snaps photographs – at least some of them of the monkey. PETA is suing on behave of the monkey saying that those photos are “the intellectual property” of the monkey. Nothing gets more perverted than this.

First, PETA thinks an animal should have the same rights as humans. But how can that be? Read the excerpt below, only to discover the utter nonsense and unbelievable ignorance exemplified by a group of brainless perverts.

PETA is seeking “monetary damages.” What damages? Has the monkey’s life been altered in some way, even if you choose to project human traits on a damned animal? And what about the man who had his camera stolen? Has he no rights? Was he damaged?

PETA want to stop the “sale or publication” of all the photos and declares themselves the monkey’s “friend” who will “manage the copyright of the photos.” Nothing sinister here. Move along.

And get this. The perverted “friends” of the monkey – who, by the way, would much prefer a lifetime supply of bananas…oh wait, it already does – will manage the money and use that money “for the benefit of Naruto[monkey’s name] and his community.”

Isn’t this forced socialism? How does PETA know that this monkey, who should experience the same rights as you and I, wants any of his possible wealth shared with “his community.” Maybe the hairy beast doesn’t even want to belong to PETA’s perceived community, least of all give it any money. Therefore, the monkey should provide a sworn and signed affidavit stating his intentions; how not owning the rights to his pictures has caused “damage” and that it is his intention to let PETA take his money and “spread the wealth.”

After all, if this monkey is of the high enough level of conscientiousness to know someone else has his “intellectual property,” then surely the monkey can speak for him/herself and do just as he/she damned well please with the money.

And as a final note, if this monkey is entitled to what PETA claims it is and for the reasons they say it is, then for crissakes charge the monkey with theft and sue the little barstard!

PETA is demanding “monetary damages as well as an injunction banning the sale or publication” of the photos, as well as permission “as ‘next friend’ to Naruto . . . to manage the copyright of the photos, license them for commercial use, and use 100 percent of the proceeds for the benefit of Naruto and his community.”

Source: PETA Sues — Give Monkey Rights to His Selfies | National Review Online