Contentious Case Over Selfie Copyright Comes To A Close

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A statement released on Monday (Sep 11) by Slater and animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said the lawsuit was now settled.

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

In 2011, photographer David Slater was in the jungle when a monkey named Naruto grabbed his camera and took a picture of himself.

The US court ruled animals can not own copyrights.

PETA said: "We'll continue working in the courts to establish legal rights for animals". A lower court sided with the defendants in January 2016.

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With Peta claiming it to be a female called Naruto and Slater saying it is a male macaque.

PETA asked the court to dismiss the case, if Slater would agree to pay 25 percent of any any income generated by the picture to charities that protect crested macaques in Indonesia.

The case was brought in a U.S. court because Slater's book was available for sale in the United States. That's because, under USA law, the intellectual property rights to photographs belong to the person who took them. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit heard oral arguments in the case in July. He announced on his website last month that he would begin donating 10 percent of sales to a monkey conservation project in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The ninth Circuit was thinking about Peta's allure.

Research conducted by PETA during the legal fight claimed that Naruto satisfied the basic requirements for authorship due to the crested macaque monkey's intelligence, individual personalities, and highly intentional social behavior. Apart from Slater, the publisher - Blurb, was also sued for infringement. The parties dispute exactly how they were taken, but PETA alleged that after Slater set up his camera, Naruto deliberately pressed the shutter multiple times when he became aware of his own reflection in the lens.