Alas, Poor Orrick!

Heesh!  The Year of the Monkey hasn’t even begun and already a macaque can’t get no satisfaction.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick [ruled] in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday that Naruto, the Indonesian macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs in 2011, cannot be declared the copyright owner of the photos.  Orrick’s [narrowly-framed legal opinion asserted that] “while Congress and the president can extend the protection of law to animals as well as humans, there is no indication that they did so in the Copyright Act.”

Now, of course, if the plaintiff had happened to be an Indonesian corporation named Naruto Image and Likeness Pty Ltd., we’d be talking about a whole new ballgame … Is it not so?

photo credit: Naruto Image and Likeness Pty Ltd.

photo credit: Naruto Image and Likeness Pty Ltd.

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