Can a monkey sue humans? PETA thinks so
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Can a monkey sue humans? PETA thinks so

female Celebes crested macaque Self-portrait of a female Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, who had picked up photographer David Slater’s camera and photographed herself with it. ‘Monkey selfie’ case seems laughable, but you never know when the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco gets involved. Does a monkey have the ability to sue you? Think about it. If a monkey has the capability to go to court, do your cows, hogs, chickens? In a 41-page opinion and a concurring opinion in part from the United States Court of Appeals for the 9 th Circuit in San Francisco issued April 23, 2018, it is hard to read without either laughing or developing a deep concern that this court in particular may have lost all common sense. The 9 th Circuit panel affirmed a district court in California, which dismissed claims brought by a monkey and the panel stated “…that the animal had constitutional standing but lacked statutory standing to claim copyright infringement of photographs known as the ‘Monkey Selfies’.” The 9 th circuit court has gained a reputation as being the most out-of-touch court in the country . Sure, this is laugh-out-loud funny, but it could […]

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