If A Monkey Takes A Selfie, Who Owns The Copyright?

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Thomas Lienhard

So a macaque picked up an unattended camera from a campsite in Indonesia…  (sounds like the opening to a bad joke, but it’s not.) The photographer was amazed to return and find his gear being played with by several of these primates… Of the hundreds of blurry and random images taken by the macaque one picture stands out in particular. This “selfie” has now made its way to Wikimedia where they attest that the image is free to use share or modify as we cannot assign copyright law to a non human since the photographer did not take the picture himself.  The Photographer claims he has (copyright/revenue) rights as it was his equipment.  “That trip cost me about £2,000 for that monkey shot,” he says. “Not to mention the £5,000 of equipment I carried, the insurance, the computer stuff I used to process the images.”

What do you think?

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If A Monkey Takes A Selfie, Who Owns The Copyright?

So a macaque picked up an unattended camera from a campsite in Indonesia…  (sounds like the opening to a bad joke, but it’s not.) The photographer was amazed to return and find his gear being played with by several of these primates… Of the hundreds of blurry and random images taken by the macaque one picture stands out in particular. This “selfie” has now made its way to Wikimedia where they attest that the image is free to use share or modify as we cannot assign copyright law to a non human since the photographer did not take the picture himself.  The Photographer claims he has (copyright/revenue) rights as it was his equipment.  “That trip cost me about £2,000 for that monkey shot,” he says. “Not to mention the £5,000 of equipment I carried, the insurance, the computer stuff I used to process the images.”

What do you think?

Read an NPR Story here

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Denial of Service and Takedowns

Thomas Lienhard

Did you know that for a small fee ($10.00/mo.) you can perform a legal “stress test” on a website to make sure it’s robust and can handle an attack?

Did you also know you can even perform this so-called “stress test” on a competitors website effectively knocking it offline?  Can you imagine knocking a competitor off-line during a video game competition, or improving your chances in an online auction? Well, these services exist- and they’re legally operating… so far, providing its clients with unended Hacker Bragging rights.

While DOS attacks are not noes, they are expanding rapidly and these “service providers” are making it easy for everyday users to perform tasks once relegated to sophisticated hackers.

TWBOOTER- … Administrative Network Stresser Tool. “Without doubt the most effective powerful network tool”

ABSOBOOT-  Responsible for a NASTY takedown on Krebsonsecurity.com- a trusted source of information on internet and cybercrime..

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