March 24, 2018

Fight over rights to monkey's selfie ends in settlement

13 September 2017, 12:07 | Rufus Hill



The photographer - whose camera was used to take the photo of the crested macaque - agreed to donate 25 percent of future revenue to charities dedicated to protecting the species.

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.

In a joint explanation, Peta and Mr Slater said that the case raised "front line issues" about the legitimate privileges of creatures.

When asked what lessons he learned from litigating this case, Slater's attorney Andrew Dhuey said: "I learned that David Slater is a fantastic person who cares deeply about all animals, and particularly crested macaques".

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

He also said he was a conservationist and interest in the image had already helped animals in Indonesia. They argued proceeds should benefit the monkey who took the pictures, which Slater has been disputing in court ever since.

Schwarz is with Irell & Manella in Los Angeles.

Peta had claimed that the monkey in the image was a female named Naruto, but Slater had said it was a different male macaque. That's because, under U.S. law, the intellectual property rights to photographs belong to the person who took them.

The photographer has revealed that he deliberately made the camera accessible to the macaque monkeys, spending three days with them in 2008 in order to gain their trust.

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. Slater and Blurb join in the request but not the specific reasoning.

Some people said that they could use the picture without anyone's permission, because it was taken by a monkey - not a person.

The motion has been rejected by a US district court, prompting PETA to appeal to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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