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Can a Monkey Own a Copyright? Posted on Oct 13

A self-portrait taken by a black macaque monkey named Naruto on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia is the focus of a federal lawsuit filed on September 21 by the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).  Naruto took the self-portrait with the camera of   …Continue Reading Can a Monkey Own a Copyright?

Parody in Oz: a case of Copyright and fair use Posted on Jan 30

Parody in Oz: a case of Copyright and fair use

The first court case establishing the permissibility of parody as “fair use” of copyrighted material was tried in 1903, involving a song from the musical spectacular The Wizard of Oz.   Having had great success with his children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900,   …Continue Reading Parody in Oz: a case of Copyright and fair use