Federal Court Monkey Selfie Photo

WEB Notes: World Events and the Bible was not able to confirm if the monkey in the picture was the monkey himself, the one pushing the issue and sending the “case” to court or the judge.

Did Planet of the Apes just become reality?

A curious monkey with a toothy grin and a knack for pressing a camera button was back in the spotlight Wednesday as a federal appeals court heard arguments on whether an animal can hold a copyright to selfie photos.

A 45-minute hearing before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco attracted crowds of law students and curious citizens who often burst into laughter. The federal judges also chuckled at times at the novelty of the case, which involves a monkey in another country that is unaware of the fuss.

Andrew Dhuey, attorney for British nature photographer David Slater, said “monkey see, monkey sue” is not good law under any federal act.

Source: Federal court to rule if a monkey owns the copyright for its selfie photos



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