FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

No more monkeying around: 'monkey selfie' case settled

SAN FRANCISCO: A bizarre two-year court battle over who owns the copyright of a 'monkey selfie' which went viral was finally settled on Monday (Sept 11) in favour of a British nature photographer.


By AFP

Wednesday 13 September 2017, 03:00PM


The macaque took a number of selfies while playing with David J. Slater’s camera. Photo: David J. Slater.

The macaque took a number of selfies while playing with David J. Slater’s camera. Photo: David J. Slater.

A black macaque with a goofy grin snapped itself in Indonesia while staring down the lens of camera belonging to David Slater in 2011.

After Mr Slater published the pictures in a book, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco in 2015 seeking to have the monkey "declared the author and owner of his photograph".

PETA said the selfies were taken by a six-year-old called Naruto on the island of Sulawesi, although even the identity of the monkey was the subject of legal wrangling.

In filing the lawsuit, PETA argued that "US copyright law doesn't prohibit an animal from owning a copyright, and since Naruto took the photo, he owns the copyright, as any human would".

Mr Slater insisted that he owned the rights since he set up the tripod and walked away for a few minutes, only to find out that the monkey had grabbed his camera and snapped away.

QSI International School Phuket

Following the settlement, PETA wrote on their blog: "As a part of the arrangement, Mr Slater agreed to donate 25 percent of any future revenue derived from using or selling the monkey selfies to charities that protect the habitat of Naruto and other crested macaques in Indonesia."

It added: "Naruto and the famous 'monkey selfie' photographs that he undeniably took clearly demonstrate that he and his fellow macaques... are highly intelligent, thinking, sophisticated beings worthy of having legal ownership of their own intellectual property and holding other rights as members of the legal community."

A joint statement read: "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."

When the copyright controversy erupted, Mr Slater said that the widespread distribution of the photos online had cost him a lot of money by robbing his book of potential sales, so it's unclear how much money the habitat charities will clear in the deal.

Mr Slater's company Wildlife Personalities, and the self-publishing platform Blurb were co-defendants in the case.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket search launched for jet-ski rider missing in storm

Please note that the comments on this thread have gone off topic and are becoming increasingly perso...(Read More)


Phuket search launched for jet-ski rider missing in storm

Regarding Thai road carnage it's a dead argument, there is no doubt Thai's are the world'...(Read More)


Phuket search launched for jet-ski rider missing in storm

Oh dear dear me, it appears the gang of Thai apologists has created a new account and going as ....,...(Read More)


Phuket search launched for jet-ski rider missing in storm

@ Wiesel, I have just come back from Bali, the roads are more congested that Phuket, yet I do NOT se...(Read More)


Tourists storm-stranded on Koh Racha safely returned to Phuket

@ Asterix, sadly tourist put their faith in the hands of people they believe are "professionals...(Read More)


Phuket search launched for jet-ski rider missing in storm

Wiesel, I didn't say I didn't like Thailand or Thai people. I simply pointed out the fact th...(Read More)


Phuket search launched for jet-ski rider missing in storm

@wiesel.The reason why all the hater still live in Thailand is because they can't find a partner...(Read More)


Tourists storm-stranded on Koh Racha safely returned to Phuket

As a tourist, never been on Phuket, perhaps never been near sea areas during their life, one can not...(Read More)


Possible crocodile sightings closes Phuket beaches

It is the new secret strategy from local authorities to keep away irresponsible tourists out of wate...(Read More)