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‘Selfie’ monkey Naruto cannot sue for copyright in US

Selfie monkey Naruto

Selfie monkey named Naruto

Rory Claydon, Sky News:

A monkey that took a selfie using a wildlife photographer’s camera cannot sue for copyright, a US court has ruled.

Naruto, a seven-year-old crested macaque, snapped a photo with a toothy smile in 2011 using a camera belonging to David Slater.

The British photographer wanted to have financial control of the photo – but an animal rights group filed a lawsuit in 2015 that sought to give Naruto copyright over the selfie instead.

Jeff Kerr, general counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said: “Naruto should be considered the author and copyright owner, and he shouldn’t be treated any differently from any other creator simply because he happens to not be human.”

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against Naruto and PETA after concluding that American copyright law does not “expressly authorise animals to file copyright infringement suits”.

White noise video hit by five copyright claims

Chris Baraniuk, via BBC:

A musician who made a 10-hour long video of continuous white noise – indistinct electronic hissing – has said five copyright infringement claims have been made against him.

Sebastian Tomczak, who is based in Australia, said he made the video in 2015 and uploaded it to YouTube.

The claimants accusing him of infringement include publishers of white noise intended for sleep therapy.

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