Am I aware this — the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals finding a monkey who took the fantastic photo you see here has no copyright claims on it — happened two days ago and is, therefore, old news? Yes.
Did the unanimous three-judge panel “conclude that this monkey — and all animals, since they are not human — lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act”? It did.
Will People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals appeal the decision on behalf of Naturo, the crested macaque? The organization is mulling its options.
Did PETA’s general counsel really respond to the verdict with this statement: “The court reaffirmed that nonhuman animals have the constitutional right to bring a case to federal court when they’ve been wronged, but the opinion still missed the point, which was that Naruto the macaque undeniably took the photos, and denying him the right to sue under the U.S. Copyright Act emphasizes what PETA has argued all along — that he is discriminated against simply because he’s a nonhuman animal?” He really did.
Have you probably read or heard several stories since Monday about the monkey selfie that include some clever primate wordplay since Monday? Probably. (My personal favorite: Monkey ©. Monkey don’t.)
Could I pass up an opportunity, even a belated one, to once again type the phrase “Monkey Selfie” and use the photo again? Monkey Selfie.