Don Rickles, 1926-2017

Don Rickles

1926-2017

Don Rickles died April 6, 2017.

At 90, he was still working. Basically he would have lunch and talk, and AARP would record it (and we can assume tip the waitress).

But he made his reputation long before then, on stage, in movies, and especially on the tv. ...continue reading "Off to The Big Hockey Puck in the Sky"

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.

The first guests were Henry Miller and Sylvia Plath and the final in the free series of podcasts is L. Frank Baum.

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