I really don’t know what kind of a society we live in where considerable sums of money and hours of time of purported “legal professionals” concern themselves with trying to determine copyright of a “monkey selfie”.
For two years, a lawsuit has been wending its way through the courts regarding a stupid monkey that picked up a camera and just happened to snap a funny picture of itself. The owner of the camera then licensed it to news agencies or something to make some money off of it. Pretty basic stuff. Enter the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA, as crazy as ever, assumed legal representation “on behalf” of the monkey and sued in court to give the copyright for the “monkey selfie” to the monkey. Some questions:
- How does a monkey have standing in US courts of law?
- How can someone just nominate themselves as the legal counsel for a being that has no idea what the f”ck is going on and hasn’t (BECAUSE IT’S AN ANIMAL) asked for legal representation?
- There apparently is disagreement over whether it was a female monkey or male monkey that took the pic. My question: Why are they assuming the monkey’s gender? BIGOTS!!!!!
- Why would a judge not laugh this one right out of his courtroom?
- Why do people still give money to PETA?
This is so stupid it makes my head hurt. PETA was trying to take the photographers earnings from the pic so they could take get “financial control of the photographs for the benefit of the monkey named Naruto.” Yes, of course. They wanted the money “for the benefit of Naruto.”
If they were able to divine that Naruto wanted legal representation and copyright of the “monkey selfie,” aren’t they able to divine how Naruto would want the money invested? Perhaps in, I don’t know, Chiquita bananas?
As always, follow the money.
A lawsuit over who owns the copyright tohas ended in a settlement before a federal court could answer the novel legal question.
Lawyers for an animal-rights group said Monday that they would ask a federal appeals court to dismiss the case. They say photographer David Slater, whose camera was used to take the photo, agreed to donate 25 percent of any future revenue to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued on behalf of the macaque monkey in 2015. It sought financial control of the photographs for the benefit of the monkey named Naruto.
Naruto lives in a rainforest reserve on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. He took the selfies in 2011 with a camera that Slater, a British wildlife photographer, had set up in the reserve. Slater later published the photos in a book.
A joint statement posted to PETA’s website Monday read: “PETA and David Slater agree that this about expanding legal rights for nonhuman animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal.”
I wonder how many sandwiches they could have bought for the homeless with the money used to argue this idiotic case.