Saturday, January 9, 2016

A Macaque's Selfie








Peta brought the case on behalf of the macaque named Naruto against British photographer David Slater, who self-published the photo in a wildlife book. Handout via Reuters

A rare crested macaque that took a now internationally famous “selfie” cannot own the copyright to the photograph because he is not human, a US judge ruled in a suit in San Francisco brought by animal rights group Peta.
 
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals brought the case in September 2015 on behalf of the seven-year-old monkey Naruto against British photographer David Slater, who self-published the photo in a wildlife book.
 
Naruto, who resides on a reserve in Indonesia, took the image and several others in 2011 using a camera left unattended by Slater, the suit said.
 
Peta argued he should be declared owner of the photos and receive damages for copyright infringement that would be used for habitat preservation.
 
While the US Congress and the president have the power to extend legal protections to animals as well as humans, “there is no indication that they did so in the Copyright Act,” US District Judge William Orrick said at the hearing on Wednesday, according to a court transcript.
 
But Orrick said he would give Peta an opportunity to amend the lawsuit before he dismisses it outright.
 
The following day, Peta General Counsel Jeff Kerr told Reuters that the group is reviewing its legal options.
 
Note: Peta published the photo in the case online at bit.ly/1V8Hnnl.
 
On Wednesday, I was at Bankers Club in the Amoda Building in Jalan Imbi, KL to talk about a doughnut!

Well, that was my No. 3 assignment in the CC manual. And I did well. I was among 5 speakers that evening and yes, I enjoyed the meeting very much.
 





















 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And I felt overwhelmed when club president Pam Lee presented two CC ribbons for my twin achievements:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yesterday, I disposed a second carton box of trophies see photo below. And in getting rid of my booty, I learned 3 things. One, to let go. Two, to look ahead. Three, to start anew.
 
 

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