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Forum: General Photography 09-25-2015, 08:20 AM  
The latest internet victim-shaming is directed against a British photographer
Posted By THoog
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From what I can tell, the current PETA lawsuit is claiming that the images aren't PD, but that the macaque is the copyright owner, and Slater owes the macaque royalties for using the images. That they are only going after the guy who owns the equipment used to create the images and previously unsuccessfully claimed ownership, rather than everyone using the images for free (like Wikipedia), is more than just ironic, and further weakens their case IMO.
Forum: General Photography 09-25-2015, 06:18 AM  
The latest internet victim-shaming is directed against a British photographer
Posted By THoog
Replies: 36
Views: 3,381
Just don't refer to reviewing your shot on the LCD as 'chimping'. Macaques really hate that.
Forum: General Photography 09-24-2015, 04:43 PM  
The latest internet victim-shaming is directed against a British photographer
Posted By THoog
Replies: 36
Views: 3,381
I also had "or just harrassment of Slater", but I figured that one was obvious. The sad thing is he has worked on projects with PETA before. There's no worse enemy than an old friend.
Forum: General Photography 09-24-2015, 04:36 PM  
The latest internet victim-shaming is directed against a British photographer
Posted By THoog
Replies: 36
Views: 3,381
Yep, they just filed this one this week. Apparently Slater self-published a book, including some of the uncopyrightable/public domain photos and PETA wants the proceeds to go to a fund to benefit the macaque and his community - administered by PETA, of course.

I'm torn whether this is primarily an attempt to establish precedent for animals as plaintiffs, a somewhat crooked attempt to fund preservation efforts (they could have published their own book, since the photos are public domain, or financed another shoot, since the macaque clearly is a popular subject and willing artist), or a "there's no such thing as bad publicity" campaign.
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