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Black macaque selfie, still copyright-free.
Macaque selfie
I can use this picture because a macaque took it. Look forward to seeing it often.

In August 2014, a court ruled that a human photographer who owned the camera a  black macaque used to take a selfie cannot claim copyright on the picture, using the same logic that says complete strangers don't own the copyright on a the picture you took of them standing in front of the Teddy Roosevelt butter sculpture at the state fair when they handed you their phone to use.

Now a U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the monkey doesn't own the photo either. PETA had brought the lawsuit on the monkey's behalf; the judged determined that the law doesn't specify that non-humans can claim photograph ownership, using the same logic that explains why your car doesn't own the copyright on the photo of you driving through a speed trap on the toll road. Also, since there are no monkeys in PETA, he had doubts about their legal standing to represent their client. (Sidenote: Does anyone actually know where the client is these days?)

The photographer insists he will appeal and win, since he intended to take a picture.

In other words: Black macaque selfie, still copyright-free.

Pope Francis in Philadelphia PA September 26-27, 2015. Yikes.

The Pope is coming to Philadelphia

papal soft @FarFarrAway
from @FarFarrAway @WMF2015

Now that we know what a disaster city planning has been, we can all sit back, feel smugly superior, and stroll the quiet streets, since we've cleverly scared everyone off and Philadelphia will be just one big sidewalk cafe for the weekend.

Picnic baskets and coolers are not allowed in the Francis Fest Zone, by the way.

September 26-27, 2015.