'Monkey selfie' copyright lawsuit ends in settlement

12 September, 2017, 13:21 | Author: Christian Benson
  • Naruto  David Slater

Naruto the macaque monkey took the image in the Indonesian jungle in 2011 when it picked up a camera owned by David Slater from Monmouthshire.

We brought word last month that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was in the works of dropping its federal lawsuit that sought to win the right for animals to own property. We can all rest assured that, at least for now, the threat of animals becoming our overlords via their accumulation of new rights has dissipated.

The monkey, called Naruto, took a shine to the camera and took a series of selfies which, after David published them in a book, became famous worldwide. The publisher, Blurb, was also sued for infringement.

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Peta then filed an appeal against the ruling, but it was recently dismissed as both parties have reached a settlement, said the animal rights group on their website on Monday. The ninth Circuit was thinking about Peta's allure.

PETA said in a statement that Naruto "undeniably" took the picture and that the case showed the "need to extend fundamental rights to animals".

In an unusual hearing in San Francisco, legal advisors contended whether a monkey could guarantee copyright as well as whether Naruto was even the right monkey.

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On Tuesday, lawyers for Peta said that Slater has agreed to donate a quarter of any future revenue from selling the photograph.

The freakish case began in 2011 when Slater was on an expedition to the Indonesian jungle in pursuit of a troupe of macaque monkeys, after earning the animals trust over several days of observation one among their number, Naruto, took its famous grinning selfie.

But now that they've settled, the parties involved say this case raises cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals - a goal they all support.

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