PETA and photographer David Slater settle monkey selfie saga


A photographer has settled a two-year legal fight against an animal rights group over a "monkey selfie" picture.

The statement added that this case "raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals".

Legal advisors for the gathering and Mr Slater asked the San Francisco-based ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals to expel the case and toss out a lower court choice that said creatures can't possess copyrights.

The court dismissed the appeal submitted by Peta on "monkey's behalf" but the nature photographer Slater agreed to donate 25 percent of any future revenue made from the picture.

PETA argued that the monkey, known as Naruto, actually owned the rights to the image because he took the photo.

Mr. Slater could not be reached for comment, and his lawyer declined to comment.

The image was captured when Naruto grabbed Slater's camera, posed for a photograph and then pressed the "click" button. The organization said Naruto should be given copyright for the selfies because he did it "by his own independent, autonomous actions in examining and manipulating Slater's unattended camera".

Peta claimed they had identified the macaque in the photo as a male called Naruto.

Schwarz is with Irell & Manella in Los Angeles.

The U.S. Copyright Office ruled that animals can not own copyrights.

David Slater was left so broke he was considering becoming a dog walkerHow did the macaque take the photograph? A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit heard oral arguments in the case in July.

A monkey taking a selfie should've been nothing more than cute, but for one photographer, the picture turned into a nightmare that lasted for years. The publisher, Blurb, was also sued for infringement.

The monkey selfie earned Slater a few thousand pounds, but in 2014, he requested that Wikipedia and Techdirt remove the photo, as it was posted without permission.