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    A Monkey, PETA, and a Primatologist Walk into a Federal Court

    A Monkey, PETA, and a Primatologist Walk into a Federal Court

    Not a punchline, this is real life

    No rimshot here. Not only is this a thing that happened, it’s pulled straight from a motion filed with the Ninth Circuit this earlier week.

    The bizarre monkey selfie case outdid itself this week.

    According to PetaPixel:

    In September, the animal rights group PETA filed a lawsuit against photographer David Slater, arguing that the monkey who took a series of viral selfies with Slater’s camera in 2011 should be the rightful copyright owner.

    If you thought that was strange, get this: the legal battle has now evolved into a dispute over the pictured monkey’s identity and gender.

    But it gets better. The defense counsel then submitted a motion to dismiss the complaint. The motion began:

    A monkey, an animal-rights organization and a primatologist walk into federal court to sue for infringement of the monkey’s claimed copyright. What seems like the setup for a punchline is really happening. It should not be happening…. [D]ismissal of this action is required for lack of standing and failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Monkey see, monkey sue is not good law – at least not in the Ninth Circuit.

    Entire, hilarious motion:

    Naruto v David John Slater – Motion to Dismiss

    Someone buy this man a drink.

    For a primer on Monkey-Selfie-PETAGate, see:

    [Insert “monkey business” joke here]

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    DaveGinOly | November 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

    So, if a human sets up a game camera along a trail (provides the camera), and a deer comes along and trips the sensor (initiates the taking of the photo), does the deer own the copyrights to the photo?

    For the plaintiffs, this appears to be a case of monkey see, monkey do.

    She doesn’t have to know how to pay for it. Don’t you know what FREE means? It means no one pays for it.

    Sheeesh, these right-wing fanatics don’t know nuthin’.

    inspectorudy | November 13, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I thought she was in Qatar giving a speech!

    That chimp should be running for the Democrat nomination.

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