Naruto the Monkey Selfie Suit Settlement Agreed

Naruto the Monkey Selfie Suit Settlement Agreed

The seeds of the legal battle between Slater and PETA were sown when a crested macaque monkey took selfies with Slater's camera during his visit to Indonesia in 2011, reports said.

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. The photographer will sell the photo to registered charities that are "dedicated to protecting the welfare or habitat of Naruto", according to a joint statement from Slater and PETA.

A novel US legal battle over who owned a famous smiling "selfie" taken by a critically endangered monkey six years ago - the animal who snapped the picture or the nature photographer who owned the camera - has been settled out of court.

A lower court had actually already ruled in favor of Slater in January 2016, a ruling that PETA was appealing with the USA 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Slater published the photographs in his book, "Wildlife Personalities", and fought with groups, including the Wikimedia Foundation, that used the image without permission.

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Its argument that since Naruto pressed the shutter button, the monkey should own the copyright and not Slater, led to a copyrights dispute.

David Slater was left so broke he was considering becoming a dog walkerHow did the macaque take the photograph?

Peta claimed they had identified the macaque in the photo as a male called Naruto.

PETA 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.

When Matt Hughes at The Next Web asked Slater whether he had felt bullied, the photographer declined to comment, but said that "only good can come from this in terms of promoting fundamental [animal] rights". On Monday, however, the two sides asked the San Francisco court to throw out the previous verdict.

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