I haven’t written a Friday Fun post in a while. There was an Endangered Species Act decision concerning the Cape Sable seaside sparrow issued a couple of weeks ago in Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida v. U.S., 2010 WL 1037962 (S.D. Fla. 2010). The order included an appendix containing a picture of the sparrow distributed under a Creative Commons license.
Cape Sable seaside sparrow photograph by David A. La Puma. This photograph is available at Wikimedia Commons. See http://commons.wikimedia.Org/wiki/File:CapeSableSeasideSparrow_2.jpg. The photograph is published under a license that provides: “I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. You are free: to share-to copy, distribute and transmit the work; to remix-to adapt the work [u]nder the following conditions: attribution-You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).”
This is the first time an American court, and perhaps any court, has included an image in an order under a Creative Commons license. Congratulations go out to Dr. La Puma — who joins the pantheon of Great American pioneers, alongside Neil Armstrong (first man to walk on the moon), and my Sophomore year undergrad roommate (first man to listen to ska music in Chapin Hall.)
On to our Friday Fun question: Please feel free to include your guesses in the comments. I’ll swing back with the correct response if no one provides it. As usual, the first correct answer will be crowned copyright dork for the week. Decision of the judges is final.