Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

PETA, photographer reach settlement in 'monkey selfie' case

PETA, photographer reach settlement in 'monkey selfie' case

This crested macaque monkey created a weird legal journey after grabbing a photographer's camera, posing and clicking away.

What followed was a two-year courtroom drama the end result of which will see donate 25% of any future revenue derived from the images reproduction to registered charities working to protect and preserve the "welfare or habitat of Naruto".

"This was a groundbreaking case that firmly establishes animal rights are firmly ingrained in the legal system here in the US and internationally", said PETA Attorney Jeffrey Kerr.

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The freakish legal journey began when a crested macaque monkey named Naruto took selfies using British nature photographer David Slater's camera during a 2011 trip to Indonesia.

Angela Dunning, said the case was "absurd" because Naruto "can't benefit financially from his work he is a monkey". The 9th Circuit was considering PETA's appeal.

"As we learn more about Naruto, his community of macaques, and all other animals, we must recognize appropriate fundamental legal rights for them as our fellow global occupants and members of their own nations who want only to live their lives and be with their families".

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The dispute over the photo's ownership came about after it was posted on Wikipedia's free-to-use website, after which Slater asked that it be taken down.

But now that they've settled, the parties involved say this case raises cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals - a goal they all support.

A lower court ruled in the photographer's favour, saying that animals could not hold copyrights.

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