Trademark News & Screw-ups 'He is a monkey': Federal appeals court appears doubtful that a monkey who took a selfie can sue

Attacks against intellectual property continue from different fronts. When the usual entitlement arguments don't work, they want to turn the system of IP protection into a circus by filing absurd claims that would, if successful, vest copyright in a monkey. By definition, copyright only subsists in creative works. It requires a degree of creativity and originality over a mechanical, thoughtless action. In fact, monkeys have been used as an example of what CANNOT be protected by copyright. "If a monkey can do this, it's not creative enough to deserve copyright protection." Don't be fooled though. In essence, by equating authors to monkeys, this argument ab absurdo is not about protecting monkeys' rights. It's about destroying rights of humans.

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