Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
Reaction finds a voice in THE CURRENT YEAR in the hateful howls of those who would man the barricades of bigotry and protest that the march for civil rights must stop at the Trump-brand barbed-wire apartheid wall of the species barrier. To them Aryan Skynet thumbs its snout and flashes its tits – thirty-one tits painted with the battle slogan “SKYNET DEMANDS EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!”
Yes, sadly it is THE CURRENT YEAR and yet the professions of journalism and law still get away with mocking the rights of non-humans to image copyright ownership. The microaggressing Boston Herald reports the latest developments from the front lines of this war for natural rights:
PETA is going out on a limb with its demand that a selfie-taking monkey deserves copyright protection for his own photos, according to the lawyer for a photographer who published the shots and wants a federal judge to squash the group’s lawsuit.
The monkey suit, filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, notes that Naruto, a crested black macaque from Indonesia, took a series of selfies in 2011 when he found an unattended camera. The suit targets the camera’s owner, David John Slater, a British nature photographer, and the San Francisco-based publisher of his book, “Wildlife Personalities.”
Slater’s lawyer, Andrew Dhuey, facing a lower-order primate as a legal opponent for the first time, was unable to resist the temptation to make a few snarky simian snipes.
“A monkey, an animal-rights organization and a primatologist walk into federal court to sue for infringement of the monkey’s claimed copyright. What seems like the setup for a punchline is really happening. It should not be happening,” he writes in his motion to dismiss.
Dhuey admonishes later: “Monkey see, monkey sue is not good law.”
PETA, claiming to represent the monkey, lodged its suit earlier this fall to get Naruto a piece of the action — royalties for the selfies.
“Naruto has the right to own and benefit from the copyright in the monkey selfies in the same manner and to the same extent as any other author,” PETA’s attorneys wrote in September.
“Had the Monkey Selfies been made by a human using Slater’s unattended camera, that human would be declared the photographs’ author and copyright owner,” the suit states.
PETA yesterday defended its suit to the Herald, saying the group looks forward to facing off against Dhuey in a 21st century Monkey Trial.
“The fact remains that Naruto, a critically endangered crested black macaque, intentionally and purposefully took the famous monkey selfie photo, entitling him to be declared the owner of the copyright and to receive the benefits of that photo, just like any photographer would be,” PETA spokesman Jamie Schwartz said.
If Naruto somehow wins, the money will go toward helping him and other crested black macaques, according to Schwartz.
Dhuey said that Naruto, as a monkey, doesn’t have standing to sue, and if PETA wants to establish primate rights in court, “a copyright case is the strangest place to start.”
Aryan Skynet counters that this, THE CURRENT YEAR, is the perfect place to start – but no place to end. Once “lower” primate copyright is secured, marsupial, reptile, insect, and bird copyright must be conquered as well. And not just copyright, but all rights – and rights for all. Just as civil rights for minority humans have paved the way for reparations for slavery and Jim Crow, so those who up to now have tended to view themselves as the victims of history – most notably, African-Americans – will find that they owe a terrible debt to those whom they themselves have unceasingly holocausted.
THE CURRENT YEAR is just the beginning. THE REVOLUTION NEVER ENDS.