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‘Monkey selfie’ photographer wins legal fight over iconic image

  • Published at 06:15 pm September 12th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:19 pm September 12th, 2017
‘Monkey selfie’ photographer wins legal fight over iconic image

A photographer whose camera was used by a monkey to take a selfie has won a two-year legal battle against an animal rights group about copyright over the image.

Naruto, a rare crested macaque monkey who lives in the Tangkoko Reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, picked up David Slater's camera and snapped the now-famous photo in 2011.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) sued "on behalf" of the monkey in 2015, seeking financial control of the photographs for the benefit of Naruto.

Judges in the US deemed the monkey was ineligible to hold copyright over the image.

Lawyers for Slater argued his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd, owns worldwide commercial rights to the photos, including the selfie of the monkey's toothy grin.

Under a compromise, Slater agreed to donate 25% of any future revenue from the images to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques in Indonesia.

Lawyers representing Peta and Slater asked the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the case and throw out a lower-court decision which said animals cannot own copyrights.

"Peta and David Slater agree that this case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal," Slater and Peta said in a joint statement.

US District Judge William Orrick said in a ruling in favour of Slater last year that "while Congress and the president can extend the protection of law to animals as well as humans, there is no indication that they did so in the Copyright Act."

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