Thursday, September 24, 2015

'Monkey' sues photographer for copyright infringement

My Paper, Thursday, September 24, 2015, Page A5, Top Stories
From http://epaper.mypaper.sg/epc/en/2015-09-24/
Source Website: http://mypaper.sg/top-stories/monkey-sues-photographer-copyright-infringement-20150924
Published on 24 September 2015, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Monkey takes selfie, photographer sues for copyright infringement
PHOTO: Monkey takes selfie, photographer sues for copyright infringement
Posted by Jeff Maher, Published on 7 August 2014
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LOS ANGELES
UNITED States animal rights activists filed an unusual lawsuit on Tuesday on behalf of a macaque monkey who snapped selfie photographs, arguing it owned the photos rather than the nature photographer involved.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) filed the suit in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of six-year-old Naruto, seeking to have the macaque "declared the author and owner of his photograph".

"Our argument is simple," Peta said in a statement. "US 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."

The photos were taken in 2011 on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi by British nature photographer David Slater.



Wildlife photographer David J Slater and pictures of the monkey selfie
PHOTO: Wildlife photographer David J Slater and pictures of the monkey selfie
Monkey who took grinning 'selfie' should own copyright - US lawsuit.
Photo: David J Slater Facebook
Posted by Reuters on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

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He later published a book of his photographs that included two selfies taken by Naruto. The San Francisco-based company that published the book - Blurb - is named as a co-defendant in the suit.

"If this lawsuit succeeds, it will be the first time that a non-human animal is declared the owner of property, rather than being declared a piece of property himself or herself," Peta said.



US lawsuit was filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
PHOTO: US lawsuit was filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Posted by Reuters on Wednesday, 23 September 2015
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"It will also be the first time that a right is extended to a non-human animal beyond just the mere basic necessities of food, shelter, water and veterinary care. In our view, it is high time."

But Mr Slater insists he owns the rights to the photos since he set up the tripod and walked away for a few minutes only to find out that the monkey had grabbed his camera and snapped away.



David Slater is also locked in a dispute with Techdirt blog and Wikimedia Foundation over who owns the image
PHOTO: David Slater is also locked in a dispute with Techdirt blog and Wikimedia Foundation over who owns the image
Who owns the copyright of a monkey’s self-portrait? Wikimedia says no one does, but lawyers and photographers disagree.
Posted by Louise Stewart on 21 August 2014 at 9:31 AM
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http://www.newsweek.com/lawyers-dispute-wikimedias-claims-about-monkey-selfie-copyright-265961



He told the Washington Post last year, when the copyright controversy erupted, that the widespread distribution of the photos on the Internet had cost him a lot of money.

"This is ruining my business," he told the paper. "If it was a normal photograph and I had claimed I had taken it, I would potentially be a lot richer than I am."

Published on 24 September 2015, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Monkey teachers . . .
PHOTO: Monkey teachers . . .
to see, to hear, to recite
to observe, to listen, to preach
Posted by Gabi Greve on 5 November 2010, photograph taken on 11 May 2010
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