Monkey see, monkey sued: Primate selfie lawsuit settled

Monkey see, monkey sued: Primate selfie lawsuit settled

Animal rights group PETA, meanwhile, made a decision to sue Mr Slater on behalf of a crested macaque monkey named Naruto.

In January 2016, a United States court decided that the monkey did not legally own the photo that she took of herself.

In a joint statement, both PETA and Slater agreed on the fundamental issues about "expanding legal rights for non-human animals" that this case presented.

The macaque monkey, called Naruto, took the selfie using David Slater's camera in an Indonesian jungle in 2011.

Under the agreement attorneys for both PETA and Slater asked the court to dismiss a lower court's decision that said that animals can not own copyrights.

But while the animal had pulled the trigger, a judge in the United States ruled in January a year ago that it can not own the copyright to the photograph because it is not human.

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Slater published the photo in his book "Wildlife Personalities".

A couple of years ago, photographer David Slater was out and about shooting photos in the wild when a monkey by the name of Naruto took his camera and snapped what could be considered the world's first monkey selfie. Under terms of the settlement, Slater has greed to donate to Naruto's habitat one-fourth of any proceeds from the sale of the selfies. That's because, under United States law, the intellectual property rights to photographs belong to the person who took them.

All three judges seemed incredulous to PETA's arguments in the case and offered sarcasm over the finer details.

PETA added that it will continue working "to establish legal rights for animals".

"Not only did I raise money for the conservation project, through canvas sales kindly donated by Picanova and direct print sales, but I helped the group to promote a new code of ethics when visiting these macaques in Sulawesi". As part of the settlement, PETA and the defendants are asking the Ninth Circuit to vacate both its appeal and Orrick's opinion, or at least remand to Orrick for consideration of vacatur. Apart from Slater, the publisher - Blurb, was also sued for infringement.

He earned a few thousand pounds from the pictures but in 2014 he asked blog Techdirt and Wikipedia to take them down for using them without permission.