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Dispute Between Photographer And PETA Over ‘Monkey Selfie’ Has Been Dismissed
By Izza Sofia, 15 Sep 2017
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit over who owns the copyright of selfie photographs taken by a monkey.
Under the deal, the photographer whose camera was used, agreed to donate 25% of any future revenue from the images to charities dedicated to protecting monkeys in Indonesia, lawyers for an animal rights group said.
According to The Associated Press, both sides also asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals “to dismiss the case and throw out a lower court decision that said animals cannot own copyrights.”
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued on behalf of the monkey in 2015, seeking financial control of the photographs for the benefit of the monkey named Naruto that snapped the photos with Slater’s camera.
“PETA and David Slater agree that this case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for nonhuman animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal,” read a joint statement on the group’s website.
Lawyers for Slater argued that his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd, owns worldwide commercial rights to the photos, including a now-famous selfie of the monkey’s toothy grin.
[via Mashable, opening image via YouTube]
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