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Monkey can’t sue for copyright infringement of selfies

April 24th, 2018

A federal appeals court decided unanimously Monday that animals may not sue for copyright protection.

The ruling came in the case of a monkey that took selfies with a wildlife photographer’s camera. The photographer later published the photos.

An animal rights group sued, charging the monkey owned the copyright because it took the pictures.

“We must determine whether a monkey may sue humans, corporations, and companies for damages and injunctive relief arising from claims of copyright infringement,” Judge Carlos Bea, appointed by President George W. Bush, wrote for a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We conclude that this monkey — and all animals, since they are not human — lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act,” Bea said.

Naruto, named as the plaintiff, was a 7-year-old crested macaque living in a reserve in Indonesia. The monkey purportedly took several photos of itself in 2011 when wildlife photographer David Slater left his camera unattended.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known as PETA, sued Slater in 2015, arguing the copyright belonged to the animal. The group and Slater later settled the case out of court, but the 9th Circuit decided to rule on the matter anyway

Judge N. Randy Smith, in a concurrence, called PETA’s suit “frivolous.”

“The concept of expanding actual property rights — and rights broadly — to animals necessitates resolving what duties also come with those rights,” he wrote, “and, because animals cannot communicate in our language, who stands in their shoes?”


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“Assault Vehicle” Runs People Over In Toronto

April 23rd, 2018

Police have arrested a suspect after a white van mounted the curb and struck numerous pedestrians in Toronto. At least one person has died, according to a local hospital representative.

The incident happened on Yonge Street south of Finch Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Toronto Police Service.

A suspect was arrested beside the van on Poyntz Avenue off of Yonge, just south of Sheppard Avenue West. The van is marked as belonging to the rental company Ryder.

Sunnybrook Hospital issued a statement saying that it’s trauma centre had received seven patients after “an incident involving a van striking a number of pedestrians.”

A representative of the hospital later told CP24 that they were aware of eight patients, including one who died and several who were in critical condition.

Asked whether this was a terrorist act, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters in Toronto: “We have no information on that at this point.”

Witness Ali Shaker, who was driving southbound at the time, says the van was travelling at high speed on the sidewalk. The van was also southbound.

“He started going down on the sidewalk and crumbling down people one by one,” Shaker told CTV News Channelon Monday afternoon.

Shaker said he saw the vehicle strike someone with a stroller.

“He just destroyed so many people’s lives,” he said. “Every single thing that got in his way.”

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