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Friday, September 25, 2015

And the stupid are running wild.PETA Says Monkey Owns the Rights to Selfie, Sues Photographer

 We all know progressives aren’t exactly the most mentally sound individuals on the planet, but the reason why radical animal rights group PETA is suing a photographer might be enough to justify using straight jackets on these folks.
Apparently, the photographer handed a monkey — now bear with me here — his camera so the animal could take a selfie.
Yes, you heard me correctly. A monkey snapped a selfie. It’s not enough we’re allowing this extremely vain practice to destroy humanity, we’re now infecting the animal kingdom with the virus of self-obsession.
Anyway, the good loonies, er, folks, at PETA are now saying the monkey owns the rights to the picture, not the photographer, and thus have taken their case to federal court.

British photographer David Slater says he had been following the monkeys for three days before setting up a camera on a tripod and giving the monkey (a macaque, named Naruto) the snap button.
PETA isn’t monkeying around with their claim, they’ve taken it to Federal court:
Acting as Naruto’s “next friend” (or representative), PETA has filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court in San Francisco against the owner of the camera, photographer David J. Slater and his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., which both claim copyright ownership of the photos that Naruto indisputably took. Also named as a defendant is the San Francisco–based publishing company Blurb, Inc., which published a collection of Slater’s photographs, including two selfies taken by Naruto. The lawsuit seeks to have Naruto declared the “author” and owner of his photograph. Our argument is simple: U.S. copyright law doesn’t prohibit an animal from owning a copyright, and since Naruto took the photo, he owns the copyright, as any human would.
Why is this so important, and what does it all mean? If this lawsuit succeeds, it will be the first time that a nonhuman animal is declared the owner of property (the copyright of the “monkey selfie”), rather than being declared a piece of property himself or herself. It will also be the first time that a right is extended to a nonhuman animal beyond just the mere basic necessities of food, shelter, water, and veterinary care. In our view, it is high time.
Not surprisingly, PETA is also asking to control the funds generated from the sale of the selfies and to allocate them (without compensation) for the benefit of Naruto and his monkey friends.
According to the Associated Press, in 2014, the U.S. Copyright Office:
issued an updated compendium of its policies, including a section stipulating that it would register copyrights only for works produced by human beings. It specified that works produced by animals, whether a photo taken by a monkey or a mural painted by an elephant, would not qualify.
However, Jeffrey Kerr, a lawyer with PETA, said the copyright office policy “is only an opinion,” and the U.S. Copyright Act itself does not contain language limiting copyrights to humans.
Clearly these nuts have absolutely no shame, because they’re attempting to pretend fighting for a monkey’s copyright rights — which by the way, are non-existent — all so they can make money off the poor creature.
Sometimes I can’t believe I actually live during this period in human history. I can’t wait until I’m an old fart so I can look through my grandkids’ history books and see what kind of stuff they say about us in the here and now.
Hopefully sanity will be restored and the inmates will no longer be running the asylum by then.
How preposterous is it to even fathom the idea of an animal being able to sue someone for copyright infringement? What’s next? Trees who who file suit over the trauma of watching their buddies chopped down for fire wood?
I quit, left wing liberals are just to stupid to understand...

Actually...When they do something so dumb, you can be sure it doesn't have anything to do with making thing better, but because there is money to be made, we see this in everything they do...

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