PETA, photographer reach settlement in ‘monkey selfie’ case

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 in the so-called “monkey selfie” lawsuit against a photographer and his San Francisco-based publishing firm.

The suit against David Slater and Blurb – which published a book called “Wildlife Personalities” featuring the monkey selfies – claimed copyright infringement and sought to use proceeds from 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 it to administer all proceeds from the photos taken in wildlife reserve in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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

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