Monkey Takes a Selfie and Legal Trouble Begins

Naruto, a Sulawesi macaque in the photo above, snapped the pic above with photographer David Slater’s camera after the monkey picked it up in 2011.

David Slater claimed copyright on the picture and included it in his newest released book.

The funny thing is that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued Slater over copyright infringement as they believed that the copyrights should go to Naruto, the monkey himself, as he took the picture.

Slater initially claimed copyright as I said above, but the Wikimedia Foundation put it up on Wikimedia commons, claiming the photo is not copyright-able since it was not actually taken by a person. Slater ultimately failed to get the photo removed, and the U.S. Copyright Office explicitly stated in 2014 that a “a photo taken by a monkey” is a work created by natural elements, and therefore cannot be copyrighted.

Though it seems unlikely that PETA will win this case, it would be a feather in the cap of activist groups attempting to legally establish person-hood for several intelligent animals.

An appeals court will decide if they will uphold the court ruling in Naruto’s case in about a month.

 

Barack OBloga’s “March Madness” Funniest Player Names Ranked

Above is the my Rankings for the Funniest Names of March Madness Players. Here is the list:

10.Coreontae Deberry-I assumed this name was from a Key & Peele “East vs.West Bowl Game” until I saw him play the other night for Cincinnati. Above is the a picture of “The DeBerry” getting smushed. Everyone knows smushed berries don’t taste good and thus consequently, Cincinnati lost in the first round.

9. Daniel Dingle-This Temple basketball player has a very effective offensive strategy. He attempts to look like horror film ghost “Scream”. His ringtone on his phone is “Hot Line Bling” by Drake.

8.Bonzie Colson-This Notre Dame basketball player loves to go to the pool on his off days. Thus, as shown above, Bonzie likes to flail his arms like a pool noodle whenever he misses a shot to think of happy thoughts and keep a positive attitude.

7.OG Anunoby- This Indiana basketball player displays above with precision and perfection, the OG or Original “Low Five”.  Many basketball players use the hand clap gesture commonly known as the “High Five”, but as we all know, OG Anunoby created the “Low Five” and thus plays ball with style.

6.Tres Tinkle- This Oklahoma basketball player is known for his great defensive technique of always having his head on a swivel. Always keeping an eye on the defender and an eye on the bathroom of course.

5.Papa Ndao- This Saint Joseph’s basketball player is known by everyone as the father of basketball. In the Atlantic 10 Championship a couple weeks ago against VCU, Papa Ndao was thrown out for saying something to the referee that wasn’t shared with the public. I am fairly sure that Ndao was thrown out of the game because the referee didn’t believe that Ndao was his father. Thus, with the anxiety of finding his true father, the referee was forced to dismiss his dad from the game as he was so overwhelmed he couldn’t focus on the game. Ndao responded by saying, “See you later son.”

4.Diamond Stone- This Maryland basketball player is rock solid. As shown above, he uses the skill of sticking his tongue out to distract the other team and lead Maryland to victory.

3.Giddy Potts-This Middle Tennessee basketball player has an unorthodox way of playing defense as shown above. He tries to look like an injured crashing bird in flight to distract his opponent. When it works, which is every time, he then soars high to the basket for a dunk after his tremendous steal from wherever he is on the court.

2.Mo Alie-Cox-This Virginia Commonwealth basketball player is my favorite on the list. Have you ever seen him play? If you haven’t, imagine an ox playing basketball. The bad news for Mo is that I heard from a credible source that he is being persecuted for stealing the dignity from George Washington’s big man Tyler Cavanaugh, when he posturized him in one of VCU’s games. You can see the dunk here.

1.Scoochie Smith -This Dayton basketball player is our March Madness Funny Name Champion. Above, Scoochie is shown in his natural habit eying his target, getting ready to “Schoochie” his way over to the cute cheerleader on the sidelines and then proceed to get her number.

“Central Intelligence”Starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Central Intelligence is about a one-time high school all-star turned meek accountant (Kevin Hart) and a former high school misfit turned CIA operative (Dwayne Johnson) that form an unlikely duo.

Playing a lowly white collar worker, Hart as Calvin appears to be playing the respectively staid straight man character that he generally hasn’t played in his recent comedy offerings, while Johnson as Bob Stone looks to be right up the fan-favorite actor’s alley. The film will feature plenty of Johnson’s undeniable charisma and Hart’s off-the-cuff comic mugging.

In the Central Intelligence trailer that can be found here, viewers can see even more of Johnson as the formerly obese nerd who was once saved from total embarrassment and personal annihilation by Hart – back when the latter was the “big man on campus.” However, after meeting twenty years later at a high school reunion, it’s Johnson as Stone who is the cool, suave, and well-muscled secret agent, and Hart as Calvin who is the perennially effete and uncool office worker – as the two old allies form another tenuous bond with one another, this time with a much bigger mission in mind: save the world.

Based on what distributor Warner Bros. Pictures has released thus far, Thurber’s new film should be another healthy dose of much of the same high jinks and sophomoric good humor that has become expected from both Hart and Johnson over the course of the past few years. Even if you weren’t a fan of the formerly mentioned comic’s recent turn alongside Ice Cube in the Ride Along sequel, perhaps the actor’s pairing with the likes of “The Rock” in Central Intelligence will prove more amenable to everyone’s tastes.

Central Intelligence will see theatrical release in the U.S. on June 17th, 2016. It looks to be a successful movie that I recommend seeing.