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Court refuses to rehear PETA's copyright case

Michael Oberdorfer

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Michael Oberdorfer

The Courthouse News Service reports the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will not rehear a case regarding the “ownership” of a monkey “selfie.”

Last April, a three judge panel of the same court ruled that “animals can’t sue people for breaking copyright laws.” The original case was brought by PETA on behalf of the monkey, Naruto. PETA wanted to establish that animals could sue for copyright violations, a step toward establishing legal “personhood” for animals.

One would think this would be the final word on this case, but we shall see.

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