PETA, Photographer Reach Settlement In ‘Monkey Selfie’ Case « CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A settlement has been reached in a case which sought to determine copyright ownership of selfie photos taken by a monkey.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Monday announced the settlement inside so-called “monkey selfie” lawsuit against a photographer in addition to his San Francisco-based publishing firm.

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The suit against David Slater in addition to Blurb – which published a book called “Wildlife Personalities” featuring the monkey selfies – claimed copyright infringement in addition to sought to use proceeds through the photos to benefit the crested macaque, named Naruto.

The monkey snapped a handful of perfectly-framed selfies using Slater’s unattended camera in 2011. PETA’s lawsuit sought a court order allowing which to administer all proceeds through the photos taken in wildlife reserve in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

As part of the settlement, Slater agreed to donate 25 percent of future revenue through the monkey selfies to charities dedicated to protecting Naruto’s habitat.

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Both PETA in addition to Slater issued a joint statement following the settlement. “PETA in addition to David Slater agree which which case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for non-human animals, a goal which they both support, in addition to they will continue their respective work to achieve which goal. As we learn more about Naruto, his community of macaques, in addition to all various other animals, we must recognize appropriate fundamental legal rights for them as our fellow global occupants in addition to members of their own nations who want only to live their lives in addition to be with their families. ”

Last year, a federal judge ruled against PETA’s suit, saying the monkey lacked the right to sue because there was no indication which Congress intended to extend copyright protection to animals.

PETA had appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The animal rights group dropped its appeal as part of the settlement.

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