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Petty PETA rapped by judges over monkey selfie copyright stunt

Malcolm Weir Silver badge

@Kain preacher: you obviously haven't read the opinion (or the concurrence).

The reason why the judges (there were three of them) refused to drop the suit is that the PETA claimed to be representing the monkey, but the agreement asking for the appeal to be dismissed did not involve or mention the monkey. So the court hoist PETA on its own petard: if monkeys have the right to sue, then surely they have the right to not have their suits dismissed by some rando organization that (when not killing animals -- https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/05/pets-shelter-euthanization-rate_n_6612490.html) claims to have the rights of monkeys at heart.

This is business as usual for courts: if the question is X, they have to proceed in a fashion consistent with any answer to X, because otherwise they aren't examining the controversy,

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